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Stacey Campfield, Tennessee GOP Lawmaker, Wants To Tie Welfare Benefits To Children's Grades

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Stacey Campfield, Tennessee GOP Lawmaker, Wants To Tie Welfare Benefits To Children's Grades



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.
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.
In a blog addressing his proposal, Campfield calls his bill a measure to "break the cycle of poverty." According to Campfield, education is a "three legged stool" comprised of schools, teachers and parents. He claims the state has adequately held the first two legs of the school accountable, but argues that it should apply more pressure on the third.
"The third leg of the stool (probably the most important leg) is the parents," Campfield writes. "We have done little to hold them accountable for their child's performance. What my bill would do is put some responsibility on parents for their child's performance."
Campfield has been a pioneer of creative ways to target beneficiaries of entitlement programs in the past. He was a driving force behind failed efforts to require Tennesseeans seeking government benefits to first pass drug tests.
He was also the legislator behind Tennessee's controversial and ill-fated "don't say gay bill" in early 2012.
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by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jan. 27, 2013 at 8:28 PM


Quoting Imacakebaker:

And the problem would be?  It forces parental involvement.  It doesn't take that much to make sure your child does his homework, to sign a planer, to talk to a teacher. 

I would fully support this!!

And if a kid/parent does all that and the kid bombs some tests?

Not everyone is Einstein- in fact, most are not.

Signing a planner and doing homework is no guarantee of passing grades in any system [K- Master's degrees, public and private] that my kids have attended.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:42 AM

 Meh...It won't ultimately matter.  All this would do is put more pressure on teachers to falsify grades because they won't want to add to the problem of poor student performance by the home life becoming even more chaotic due to an even greater lack of resources.  All this will do is create one more expensive, useless bureaucracy.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM

 


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Children should suffer because they have bad parents? - Yes

Children with learning disabilities should suffer?  ?

Why did you qualify your friend as black>? Duck, Duck, Quack, Quack

Quoting SallyMJ:

Makes sense to me.

When I taught in inner city schools, the biggest problem for my students was indifference of many parents to their children's education. Kids whose parents were involved tended to achieve better in school. That isn't the case for most kids there, and that indifference can lead to a downward spiral of poverty.

A friend of mine made an interesting observation (he is black). He went to an inner city public library, and saw lots of black kids sitting around and playing outside. Inside, Asian moms in that same inner city library were working with their kids on their homework. A huge disparity.

Any wonder that Americans of Asian descent have by far the highest test scores, college attendance and career success of any ethnic group in the country? 

Parental involvement in their children's education absolutely is a factor to their success in life.



 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

 Stunningly Idiotic


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Quoting stacymomof2:

Oh, no.  Charity will take care of them.  You know, just like charity takes care of all homeless and hungry people.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


Quoting stacymomof2:

This seriously one of the stupidest ideas I have ever seen.  How about we tie that idiots pay to actually doing something productive with his time.

They have no issue seeing poor babies starve in the street




 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:54 AM

 

Never seen a single one, and one would think that the streets would have plenty of room now that we aren't all on the streets with coat hangers performing unsafe abortions.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


Quoting stacymomof2:

This seriously one of the stupidest ideas I have ever seen.  How about we tie that idiots pay to actually doing something productive with his time.

They have no issue seeing poor babies starve in the street


 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

 

How does it become the neighbors problem?

This country is 180 degrees out of it's mind.

Quoting shannonnigans:

"Why are you homeless?" "Well, after my husband left us high and dry, my son screwed us by doing lousy on his multiplication tables. He missed 9 x 6 so here we are."

Easily the dumbest proposal I've ever heard. Well, apart from stereotyping scholastic success by race and ethnicity.


 

Radarma
by Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM
1 mom liked this

 Worth a try!

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I would not support this at all.  Not all children learn the same and some children panic at test taking which pulls down their grades.  Not to mention probably alot of these kids would be the ones that do not have parents that help them out at home and I seriously doubt this would make them step up to the plate.  I do agree with drug testing for welfare benefits but this tying it to the child's grades is pathetic. 

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM
1 mom liked this

Parents should be held responsible. It is not the kids fault but if the kid is failing bad it falls on what the parent is doing. 

Basherte
by Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM
2 moms liked this

How about also making it possible for those that are on tanf/welfare, to send their children to better schools, which would also help the child to do better at school, and therefore break the cycle.

I also agree that it would encourage the parents to play a larger part in their child/ren's education. Parents shouldn't expect the school or the teachers to teach their children everything that their child/ren need to learn.

Education does start at home. We teach our children a lot of things before they even go to school.

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