Two lawmakers introduced the bill and committees in both houses approved it.
Under the legislation brought by two Republicans, a student who doesn’t not make “satisfactory progress” in school would cost his or her family up to 30 percent of its welfare assistance, the Knoxville News and Sentinel reported.
State Senator Stacy Campfield and Rep. Vance Dennis introduced the legislation.
When Campfield introduced the legislation in January, he said parents have “gotten away with doing absolutely nothing to help their children” in school. “That’s child abuse to me,” he added. Tennessee already ties welfare to education by mandating a 20 percent cut in benefits if students do not meet attendance standards, but this change would put the burden to maintain benefits squarely on children, who would face costing their family much-needed assistance if they don’t keep up in school.