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Jon Stewart ridicules bill linking welfare to good grades

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I recently wrote a post about a Tennessee state senator who has advanced legislation that would cut welfare payments to families whose kids get really bad report cards and test scores.

The senator is Stacey Campfield, a Republican, who was quoted in the Knoxville News Sentinel as saying this was a great way to “break the cycle of poverty.”

Here’s Jon Stewart’s new take on this from “The Daily Show.” He says in part:

Little Billy is poor, and he’s not doing very well in school. I have an idea. What if we made him poorer and told his family it was his fault?


‘Last semester my grades were bad because I was hungry and cold but this semester I am hungrier and colder and my family isn’t talking to me, so bring on the long division.’


Is Stacey Campfield a state senator senator or a villain from a Dickens novel?

Here’s the video:

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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Valerie Strauss · April 9, 2013

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