Sen. Campfield proposes new version of bill to end poverty
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
It is officially called the "The Parental Involvement to End Poverty Act."
The auspicious sounding piece of legislation comes from Knoxville Senator Stacey Campfield who is once again trying to tinker with state laws surrounding temporary government assistance.
In Tennessee it is referred to as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or TANF.
Last year he had an unsuccessful bill that would reduce those payments to parents of students who were failing in school, but this year Sen. Campfield said he is focusing on increasing the assistance if a parent gets involved in their child's education.
In the bill, Campfield proposes that TANF parents be eligible for a "temporary assistance grant" if they meet one of a number of conditions.
Those conditions include attending at least two parent-teacher conferences, taking parenting classes, enrolling children in tutoring programs or summer schools and showing a child's report card that indicates successfully passing a grade.
"You do the requirements, you get more money," Senator Campfield explained to News 2. "And the requirements are hopefully getting the parents involved in the child's education."
Campfield has long said that, "We put a lot of pressure on our teachers and schools to perform, this puts pressure on parents to perform."
While the senator said he is still working out some numbers, he indicated that for one parent on TANF the proposed grant would mean a ballpark figure of an additional $50-dollars a month.