NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would dock the welfare payments of parents whose children fail school is dead.
After about a 40-minute debate on the Senate floor
Thursday, Republican Sen. Sponsor Stacey Campfield decided to pull the
bill so it can be studied over the summer.
Both Republicans and Democrats expressed concern
about the legislation, which sought to cut Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families benefits by 30% if a child fails to advance to the next
The money could be earned back if a parent attends
two conferences with teachers, takes parenting classes or enrolls the
child in tutoring programs or summer school.
Opponents of the legislation said it's
constitutionally suspect and that it could lead to repercussions for a
child in the home of an abusive parent.
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