Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Starved Senseless

The geniuses in the Tennessee state legislature have come up with a sure-fire way to incentivize learning.

Legislation to cut welfare benefits of parents with children performing poorly in school has cleared committees of both the House and Senate after being revised to give the parents several ways to avoid the reductions.

The state Department of Human Services, which worked with Republican sponsors to draft the changes, withdrew its previous opposition to SB132. But the measure was still criticized by Democrats, including Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville.

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.

So it will be some third-grader who has trouble with his multiplication tables who is responsible for his family eating beans with a side of ketchup for dinner.  Now there’s a way to instill a love of learning.

On the other hand, the money the state will save can go toward funding the lawyers who will be defending the state in federal court for violating the provisions of Title I.

2 barks and woofs on “Starved Senseless

  1. Yeah, kids do so well in school when there’s financial stress at home. Kids do better when they have good nutrition too. This is so f**king stupid. Is this a punishment? What about kids who just don’t have the intellectual capability to get A’s and B’s?

    Republicans are truly on the low end of the moral development scale.

    • This is co calculated it’s sickening. Way to go to keep those Other people from making good grades so they can escape the cycle of “dependency” and get them off “entitlements.” Somebody must have seen some test scores that showed the Other schoolkids were starting to improve enough to be potential challengers for Daddy’s Little Angel come time for admissions selections at Vanderbilt.

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