Should School Attendance Determine Michigan State Aid?
Michigan lawmakers could soon decide that if a child is consistently absent from school, then their family would not be able to receive cash assistance from the state.
The bill already flew through the State House this week, and is gaining momentum.
The official wording of the bill is as follows:
A family would lose eligibility for the Family Independence Program if a child ages 6 through 15 doesn't meet certain attendance requirements. Children ages 16-19 who are still dependents and haven't graduated from high school would lose cash assistance for themselves if they don't meet those attendance requirements.
The major argument against this proposed law is that it doesn't do anything to help a family in poverty. The guidelines for the proposal are also a little blurry on how many absences is too many.
Would you support an idea like this, or do you think it wouldn't actually make any kids go to school that are already not going?