The importance of K-12 student grades is no secret. K-12 student grades affect college acceptance, student graduation and teachers’ evaluations. However, in Tennesee, one more thing could be added to the list in the future: welfare.
Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield (R) wants to cut welfare payments to families whose K-12 kids have significantly poor report card and test score grades. According to a recent article, he thinks this is a great way to “break the cycle of poverty,” and is pushing for this to become state law. The state places a large emphasis on K-12 grades. When those grades are consistently poor, teachers and students are mostly held accountable. Senator Campfield believes parents should have a responsibility as well.
This law would stipulate that parents whose children do not make “satisfactory” progress in school could lose up to 30-percent of their welfare benefits. This coincides with the current Tennessee law that states up to 20-percent of benefits can
be taken from families whose children do not have acceptable school attendance.
This law could greatly affect numerous people in the state of Tennessee, as many low income families rely on these benefits. School administrators, teachers, students and student families will have to work together to minimize poor grades in K-12 classes. By monitoring K-12 attendance rates and student grades while having an effective form of communication in place between the school and parents, both student grades and attendance could drastically improve.
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