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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thought of the day.

In the end, I bet there are as many "starving, beaten children left shivering in the street" from my bill as there are "children arrested for holding hands"  that we were supposed to get from changing the sex education standards last year. 

My bill will be revenue neutral. Any money taken from one parent will only be given to another deserving parent who is not getting it now.


  1. Thanks, Stacey, for starting this conversation. No other legislators are willing to take the hits to address the serious issues of education in our state.

  2. Are you a Christian? Suffer the little children unto me... sound familiar?

  3. it's not truly taken away from the parent as much as it's taken away from a child who probably needs someone advocating for him or her instead of against.

  4. How will your legislation help these kids that aren't achieving academically? Poverty is one of the leading indicators for negative academic achievement. How is making already struggling parents, have to struggle more going to help? Your bill is not revenue neutral to the parent losing assistance. Could you explain what "getting it" means in real terms?

  5. Thank you for bringing attention and hopefully some resolve to a serious issue. I am a Tennessee teacher who works daily with low (or no) income families. Presently 19 of the 20 students in my classroom have families that are dependent on public assistance. I also operated a child care center for years, which served public-assistance parents, before entering the public school. I have read Facebook posts with critical remarks toward your ideas, but feel this is mostly due to citizens who do not know the facts about the subject. The goal should be to educate our students, so that they do not need public assistance as adults. To reach this, schools need parent involvement EVERY DAY.

    As an educator, I know first hand how hard Tennessee teachers work in - and out of the classroom. The responsibility is immense, and can be overwhelming. The out-of-pocket cost of being a Tennessee teacher is astounding. Yesterday alone, I spent over 4o dollars from my own purse to buy crayons and glue for my students. This 40 dollars was taken out of my grocery budget for my own family. Please note that I am a single parent. To naysayers of your proposal, I would like to ask, "Why does a teacher have to take money from their family to buy your child's school supplies?" and "Why should a teacher's pay or rating be based on test scores from your child - when you take no responsibility for them?" It is astounding to me how many children show up at school with no pencil, no paper, no backpack, nothing.

    The attitude from students is that everything is supposed to be given to them - FOR FREE. Our country is in danger, if every state is teaching this lesson to our youth. In fact, students are quickly learning that they can make more money from public assistance programs, than from actually having a job.

    Many, many tax payers/voters agree with you. You do have a fight on your hands, but you are sending the right message. Education matters to EVERYONE - even students from disadvantaged homes.

  6. Although I kind of agree with what you are eluding to, education starts in the home, I disagree how you are trying to go about this.

    Have you read what TANF is? There are already requirements in place, that the parents agree to, that mandate that children are to be in school.

    What you are doing is purposing that only poor children who's family receives TANF and other welfare related services are the reason why the school system isn't functioning and children's test scores are not what they should be. You are demonizing the poor which makes it even more complicated for families, in trouble, to find an appropriate solution.

    What about creating jobs and fostering an environment for company growth, expansion, etc where the pay is not $7.25 an hour for employees. I bet if people had realistic jobs with realistic pay with benefits, you would see a reduction of welfare and an improvement in children's attendance and test scores at school.


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