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GOP lawmaker wants to tie welfare benefits to report cards

Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield (R) introduced a bill this week seeking to make welfare benefits contingent upon the grades of a would-be recipient’s children, the Huffington Post reports. Campfield’s legislation, filed Thursday, would “require the reduction of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) payments for parents or caretakers of TANF recipients whose children fail to maintain satisfactory progress in school.” TANF is more commonly referred to as welfare. Under Campfield’s bill, welfare recipients would face a loss of benefits if their children showed poor academic performance. It’s unclear how these factors would be tied to one another, or how the children’s performance would be assessed…

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  1. tannahillc

    January 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I think at least there should be some connection between school and benefits – students with excessive discipline issues not related to special needs, for example. I worked in low SES schools and found that many students worked to support their families in various ways. Most of them would have been aware of how their behavior impacted the rest of the family.

    One size would not fit all as there must be alternatives for the asocial child but if we believe it is important to assist Mothers to stay home with the child through family assistance, then we have a right to expect certain results.

    I taught in a district where parents of students with excessive unexcused absences spent time in jail for contributing to truancy. This was done during non-work hours so as to not impact family income and it DID improve attendance for the chronic truancies.