Black Education / Schools : Bill That Ties Welfare to School Grades

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  1. shaka64

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    A Tennessee bill that would cut welfare benefits of parents with children performing poorly in school cleared committees of both the House and Senate last week.

    The measure takes “a carrot and stick approach,” one of the sponsors of the bill, Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, told the Knoxville News and Sentinel.

    Seth Freed Wessler summarized the bill last month on Colorlines.com:

    A Tennessee lawmaker introduced legislation last week to stop welfare payments to parents if they’re kids get bad grades in school. The sponsor, State Senator Stacy Campfield said, “One of the top tickets to break the chain of poverty is education.” But he added, “We have done little to hold [parents] accountable for their child’s performance.”

    The bill would chop nearly a third of family’s Temporary Aid for Needy Families benefits, already a pittance, if their child fails to pass state competency tests or get’s held back. How exactly the threat to make poor people poorer will improve educational outcomes isn’t at all clear.

    The bill is sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, and Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah. It calls for a 30 percent reduction in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits to parents whose children are not making satisfactory progress in school, the Knoxville News and Sentinel reported.

    The measure faces another committee hearing in the House, but is now clear for a floor vote in the Senate.
     
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    12 posts in 6 years.. ? what's really going on?
     
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    hey.. something has to change.. at every level. This is a bit ticky tacky.. but I understand the intention.. the max benefit is something like 285 dollars.. (I'll verify that number).. so we're talking about a reduction of about $60.00 for non-compliance.

    This kind of law could actually make it possible for parents of a school to bring a class action lawsuit against the district for lackluster performance.

    The bill has been amended.. actually.. completely rewritten.. here is a summary:

    SB 132 – HB 261
    TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
    FISCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE FISCAL MEMORANDUM
    SB 132 – HB 261
    March 20, 2013
    SUMMARY OF ORIGINAL BILL: Requires that the personal responsibility plan of an
    applicant for or recipient of temporary assistance pursuant to the state Families First program
    include that a parent or other caretaker relative ensures that every child in the family maintain
    satisfactory academic progress in school in addition to attending school. Failure to require a
    child to attend school or to maintain satisfactory academic progress, without good cause, will
    result in a 30 percent reduction with regard to the temporary assistance payment until such time
    as compliance occurs. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as complying with the
    attendance requirements of Title 9, Chapter 6, Part 30, and receiving a score of proficient or
    advanced on required state examinations in the subject areas of mathematics and
    reading/language arts; demonstrating competency as determined by the state board of education
    on two end of course examinations; or maintaining a grade point average that is sufficient to
    attend the next grade. A student may attend a summer school course and receive a passing grade
    in the course in order to achieve satisfactory academic progress in a subject area in which the
    student failed or scored below proficient or failed to demonstrate competency. The provisions
    relative to competency or grade point averages will not apply to students who have
    Individualized Educational Placements (IEPs) and who are not academically talented or gifted.
    The failure of a parent or caretaker relative to comply with the requirement that children in the
    family receive immunizations and health checks, without good cause, will result in a 25 percent
    reduction with regard to the temporary assistance payment instead of a 20 percent reduction.
    FISCAL IMPACT OF ORIGINAL BILL:
    Increase State Expenditures - $11,900/One-Time
    $104,400/Recurring
    Other Fiscal Impact – The increased reductions in temporary assistance payments
    imposed by the bill will result in decreased expenditures that will be used to provide
    benefits to other recipients of temporary assistance benefits. The amount of the
    decrease cannot be quantified because DHS has not provided information relative to
    reductions currently imposed by DHS. SB 132 – HB 261 2
    SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT (004557): Deletes all language after the enacting
    clause. Designates the bill as the Education to End Poverty Act. Requires that the Personal
    Responsibility Plan include either that the children in the family attend and maintain satisfactory
    academic progress in school or that, if the child has an individualized education program (IEP)
    and is not intellectually gifted, the child attend school. Failure to comply with these
    requirements of the personal responsibility plan will result in the parent or caretaker receiving a
    child only grant until such time as compliance occurs. Reduction of a temporary assistance
    payment to a parent or caretaker due to a child’s failure to maintain satisfactory academic
    progress shall be restored upon the parent or caretaker providing evidence, in person, to the
    Department of Human Services (DHS) that the parent or caretaker has attended two or more
    parent-teacher conferences; attended at least eight hours of parenting classes since the first
    reduction was applied; enrolled the child in and the child has attended an available and
    affordable tutoring program for at least eight hours per semester; or enrolled the child in summer
    school. The tutoring and summer school must be in the subject area that prevented the child from
    advancing to the next grade or from graduating. In the case of a home schooled student, the
    parent or caretaker must meet the parenting class or tutoring requirement. Failure to comply
    with the requirement in current law that the children in the family receive immunizations and
    health checks will result in the parent or caretaker receiving a child only grant until such time as
    compliance occurs.
    Satisfactory academic progress is defined as a child advancing to the next grade, in accordance
    with state Board of Education requirements.
    DHS is required to define by rule what documentary evidence will be accepted for purposes of
    restoring a reduction in temporary assistance payments. All documentation must be provided by
    the caretaker upon the recertification of the parent or caretaker’s temporary assistance case. To
    the extent permitted by federal law, any moneys remaining as a result of reductions pursuant to
    the academic progress requirements must be expended in order to accomplish the duties and
    responsibilities of DHS and will not revert to the general fund. This requirement does not apply
    to reductions relative to immunizations and health checks.
    FISCAL IMPACT OF BILL WITH PROPOSED AMENDMENT:
    Increased State Expenditures – Not Significant
    Other Fiscal Impact – The increased reductions in temporary assistance payments
    imposed by the bill will result in decreased expenditures. The decreased expenditures
    resulting from failure to comply with immunization and health check requirements
    will be used to provide benefits to other recipients of temporary assistance benefits.
    DHS has not provided information regarding the use of reduced expenditures
    resulting from failure to maintain academic progress. The amount of the decrease
    cannot be quantified because DHS has not provided information relative to
    reductions currently imposed by DHS.SB 132 – HB 261 3
    Assumptions for the bill as amended:
    • According to the Department of Human Services, the policy changes, training,
    notification of clients, and a potential increase in appeals resulting from the bill can be
    accommodated by the existing resources of the Department without an increased
    appropriation or reduced reversion.
    • The increased reductions in temporary assistance payments imposed by the bill will
    result in decreased expenditures. The decreased expenditures resulting from failure to
    comply with immunization and health check requirements will be used to provide
    benefits to other recipients of temporary assistance benefits. DHS has not provided
    information regarding the use of reduced expenditures resulting from failure to maintain
    academic progress. The amount of the decrease cannot be quantified because DHS has
    not provided information relative to reductions currently imposed by DHS.
    CERTIFICATION:
    The information contained herein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
    Lucian D. Geise, Executive Director
    /ehu

    http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Fiscal/FM0525.pdf
     
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    i'm prolly gon' get chewed out for this......i don't like this bill but i also don't like lazy parents either. so on the rate of 8 i say do what ever it takes to wake these parents up....

    For years, i've been around black women who lived off the welfare system who wasted thier money on stupid stuff while their kids went to school wearing dirty clothes, matted hair and smelled bad. I even witness parents who never helped their children with thier school work. they stayed outside playing while the parents are inside smoking dope or they left them unsupervised. how will a kid learn anything without participation from parents? Cant put everything on the teachers, it is the parents job...
     
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    You are speaking ultimate truth right here.
     
  6. largo

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    They will succeed in making a bad situation worse for a lot of children. This is not really about their education. The elimination of welfare is a real possibility. This is just another step in that direction. Folks best figure it out.
     
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    I agree with largo ... with the added thot of starving the child, or making them homeless, kood problee help raise their grades in an already destitute situation ... in some world ... :look:

    shaka64 ... please include a link with the story in the future, if you can ... it's great for us to know this kind of stuff, thanks for sharing.

    skuderjaymes ... thanks for giving us a link ... :)

    Love Yall!

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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