Students in Fort Worth who spent their summer doing yard work at local schools will get paid after all.
Members of the Fort Worth Independent School District voted Saturday to pay them $8 an hour for the maintenance work.
About 100 students took part in the "Good Hands Crew" program at more than 20 Fort Worth ISD campuses.
But a dispute between those who created the program and the school district left the students unpaid until now.
"They deserve to get paid. they deserve more than what the district is stating that they're going to pay them," said Rev. Kyev Tatum, Good Hands Crew organizer and community activist. "While we are ecstatic that they are going to pay them, they're not paying us. they are under compensating us for all the work we've done for them."
School administrators said they never agreed to fund the program and that organizers went ahead and did the work anyway.