It is a nice idea, but as the article hints at, teachers will undermine.
Teachers will inflate grades and ignore absences for the poor children so that
they don't have their welfare cut.If Tenn. wants to save money
and get people off of welfare there is an easy way to do so. Give the families
a box of food (no vouchers) at the beginning of each week. The amount of food
will depend on the family makeup. Then, if they need housing assistance, put
them into large government run apartment complexes with 2 or possibly 3 bedrooms
and 1 bathroom.If the poor don't like the conditions, they can
always move out and pay for their own place or their own food.
A TV commentator voiced disdain for this idea this way, "So, the child is
doing poorly in school because he is too poor to get proper food, housing and
clothing, and we will help him by making him poorer?" This is one of the
meanest, stupidest ideas ever! And government-run housing has been tried and
failed because mean, ultraconservative politicians cut funding to run it
right.Also, the amount of money in question is pitifully small. For
example, a single mother with two children who receives $185 a month would see
her payment reduced to $129.50 a month. The stupid politician pushing this
cruelty says, "If your child is failing, parents, you have to do
something.” And eat less and have to work more to buy food so you have
less time to "do something." Oooo! This just makes me so angry!