Tennessee Bill: Welfare Benefits Depend On Child’s School Performance

Source: Carrie Healey / theGrio

A new piece of legislation, if passed, will penalize low-income families in Tennessee by reducing their welfare benefits if their child performs poorly in school.

Sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Vance Dennis (R-Savannah), the bill“requires 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.”

Should a low-income family’s child not meet satisfactory levels in the subject areas of mathematics and reading or language arts, the family’s welfare benefits will be reduced by 20 percent.

The bill (Senate Bill 132, House Bill 261) applies to low-income families, with no mention of penalties to middle or high-income families whose children perform poorly in school.

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  • Gregory Levi

    This has got to be the stupidest bill I have ever seen. You are going to tie a families lifeline on how the kid(s) does in school? I can understand tieing It to drugs or breaking the law. This however is not gonna work and should not work. It pushes undue burden on the child. I hope it doesn’t pass and if it does I hope it’s challenged in court.

  • big dong

    these punks arent going any where any how except to jail