There's a current bill before the Tennessee House that would tie welfare payments to families based on school performance of the children. Specifically, if the kids don't make the grades, then the family's welfare money is reduced by 30%. The idea is that this would ensure better progress in school.
This bill seems to me to be a royally bad idea, poorly conceived and mean-spirited.
Here's some reasons why:
1. Some kids are simply unintelligent, and cannot make the mark.
2. Some are unidentified hyperactive or mentally disturbed, and perform poorly as a result.
3. Parents do not have complete control over what their children will do.
The sponsor of the bill: ol' Stacey Campfield. The Ville of Knox elected him.