State bill would tie welfare benefits to kids’ grades

State bill would tie welfare benefits to kids' grades (Image 1)
State bill would tie welfare benefits to kids' grades (Image 1)

State lawmakers are expected to consider a bill Wednesday that would tie a family's welfare benefits to their child's grades in school.

The bill was proposed by Sen. Stacey Campfield from Knoxville.

The proposal is to cut welfare benefits by up to 30% for parents of children who are failing in school.

Parents would be able to get the benefits back if they take an eight hour parenting class, attend two parent teacher conferences and get tutoring or enroll their child in summer school.

Sen. Campfield said only those parents who do nothing would be penalized.

He also said this would not affect food stamps.

A House committee vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

It already passed in a Senate committee and the full Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.

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