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probation
used in Freakonomics

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Definition
a period of testing (especially of person)
in various senses, including:
  • a period during which a criminal does not have to be in prison as long as they demonstrate good behavior and obey special restrictions
  • a period during which a new employee is tried out on the job and during which the employee does not have all the privileges of a regular employee
  • a period during which a student's grades or behavior must improve to prevent being kicked out of school
  • If the entire school does poorly, federal funding can be withheld; if the school is put on probation, the teacher stands to be fired.
    p. 23.9
  • Under the new policy, a school with low reading scores would be placed on probation and face the threat of being shut down, its staff to be dismissed or reassigned.
    p. 23.2

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