A Tennessee state senator has introduced a bill that will cut welfare benefits by up to 30% if children don't make "satisfactory academic progress."
Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield says the law would help "break the cycle of poverty." In a blog post comparing academic excellence to a three-legged school, Campfield writes that "the third leg of the stool (probably the most important leg) is the parents," he explained. "We have done little to hold them accountable for their child's performance...This bill is giving them motivation to do more to help their children learn in school."
The bill has caused deep concerns among some in the state, including Linda O'Neal, director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. "The maximum benefit for a mother with two children is $185 a month," said O'Neal. "That's already low. If you take $60 plus dollars away, you're just further limiting people who already have extremely few resources."
According to the bill, "satisfactory academic progress" means progressing from one grade to the next and "receiving a score of proficient or advanced on required state examinations in the subject areas of mathematics and reading/language arts."
Via the Knoxville News Sentinel.