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by Nick Wing "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."

I am of two minds on this issue. First I see the need for better school performace with today's children. America is falling even more behind the indusrial nations when it come to education. Too soon we will not be able to compete on the open market. Parents should be more involved in their children's education. On the other hand, I am not sure it should be tied to getting benefits. If you have a troubled child, does the rest of the children? Do they go without food and shelter as a result? IT is troubling to me.

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Sheran commented on Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 22:25 PM

I agree with Campfield! If your brought up on welfare, why learn a trade when you can ride the gov'ment gravy train? How many kids that grew up on welfare are in the prison system now? If they had a job, they would be to tired to do wrong.

Sheran commented on Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 22:35 PM

Also, if one of your kids gets convicted of a crime! They can "NO" longer live in gov'ment housing.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 23:13 PM

I know more children who were never on Welfare who are in prison thann those who were. Under the present system, one cannot grow up on welfare. That gravy train ended over ten years ago. So you have a family who have fallen on adverse encomic times and because is not acting as he/she should, their brothers and sisters must go without food and shelter? Since there are almost no mental health services avaiable and Juvenile Justice is a joke and you can't put them out, what do you do? Some of the best families have a problem child and it has nothing to do with how well they parent.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 14:05 PM

To tie welfare payments to the household children's performance in school is just about the dumbist idea I have ever heard of.

A good start to fixing our public schools would be to abolish the Federal department of education.

Teachers presently cain't teach because they are too busy filling out reports for the government and administering tests ad infiniam for compliance with governmental authorities.

Sheran commented on Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 20:17 PM
timeontarget commented on Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 06:39 AM

Sheran thanks I took the time to watch both entirely.

This society is coming apart with the ever continuing bs imposed by government.

Government is not the answer it is in fact the problem.

The Federal Government should not be involved in education period.

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