Monday, April 1, 2013

Is your seven-year-old failing in math? Tennessee Republicans are prepared to let you starve

Lawmakers in the state legislature have advanced a bill that would tie the assistance families get to the educational performance of the kids in those families.

This means kids with problems in math or English would not only have to worry about that dreaded quiz tomorrow, but they would also have to worry that a failing grade will mean their families will not eat.

From Think Progress:
Tennessee already ties welfare to education by mandating a 20 percent cut in benefits if students do not meet attendance standards, but this change would place the burden of maintaining benefits squarely on children, who would face costing their family much-needed assistance if they don’t keep up in school.
Another reminder that for Republicans, a child matters most in the womb. After that, you're on your own.

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