Don’t Base Welfare Assistance on Children’s Grades

Target: Tennessee State Senate

Goal: Do not pass proposed law that would base welfare assistance on children’s grades

Recently, Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield introduced new legislation that would change how families receive welfare assistance. Families with children in schools will have to rely on their children doing well in schools in order to continue to receive assistance. This places the burden of the family’s welfare on the child. Critics have panned this proposal as unfair to children and families, and think that it will have an extremely negative affect on the children on welfare.

Campfield’s proposed legislation will cut welfare assistance for families by up to 30 percent if the child is not doing well in school. This will be measured by a child’s attendance, advancement through grades, and performance on standardized testing. However, all these factors can be affected by a child’s home life. A child may try in school and not succeed, and that struggle is not taken into account by this legislation. Families will be made to suffer if their children struggle with school.

This proposed legislation is extremely unfair to families on welfare. It makes children responsible for their families receiving assistance. A child who is struggling in school should not have this added worry of providing for his or her family. According to Tennessee state Representative Gloria Johnson, ‘Putting the burden of whether your baby sister has dinner on what your grades are to a ten year old, to me is unacceptable.’ This proposed legislation will hurt children and families and prevent them from receiving assistance. Tell the Tennessee State Senate that this legislation should not pass.


Dear Tennessee State Senate:

Recently, State Senator Stacey Campfield introduced legislation that would tie family welfare assistance to children’s performance in schools. If children do not do well in school, their family’s assistance will be cut by up to 30 percent. This places the burden of the family’s welfare on children, who already may be struggling in school.

I ask you not to pass this legislation. Children should not be responsible for providing for their families. This legislation will not help children succeed in school, but will instead be a detriment to children as they have undue stress. Do not pass this legislation and do not put unnecessary stress on children in school.

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Totally absurd to base welfare payments on children’s grades, especially when these innocent, defenseless kids are at a disadvantage through no fault of their own. In today’s economy many parents have lost employment and families with kids are not to be used as a scapegoat or an excuse for denial of welfare.

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