We must make it clear to Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly that we, as citizens of Tennessee, will not stand for the passing of the "Starve our Children" bill (HB 0261/SB 0132). Under this proposed legislation (introduced by Senator Stacey Campfield and sponsored in the House by Rep. Vance Dennis), welfare recipients would face a loss of benefits if their children showed poor academic performance. There are many unanswered questions: including how these factors (benefits and grades) would be tied to one another, or how the children's performance would be assessed.
Children living in poverty often lack many of the resources they need to succeed in school, including adequate shelter, school supplies, computer and Internet access, access to tutoring, and nutritious meals. Each of these factors, on their own or combined, would inhibit a child's ability to maintain satisfactory progress in school. Further reducing the income entering this child's home would exacerbate the problem to the point that the child would not be able to progress enough to restore the TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) payment in full.
Will you sign on to this letter to the Tennessee General Assembly? Each time someone signs and comments on the petition, Governor Haslam, Lt. Governor Ramsey, Speaker Harwell, and the targeted General Assembly members will receive an email with the comment and an update on the number of signatures, Thus, sign, COMMENT, and SHARE this petition! They'll also receive periodic updates with the number of signatures and the petition status.
This is your chance to be heard. Share widely and please get everyone you know to sign this letter. Also, if you happen to be a member of the clergy, please leave a comment with your name and religious organization. Anyone, anywhere who cares about the welfare of children is welcome to sign and comment. Thank you so much!