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Officials Dispute Learnfare Failure ... Its Effect On Truancy In Question

1992, The Washington Post

St. Louis Post - Dispatch (pre-1997 Fulltext), Feb 23, 1992, p.9D

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    Officials Dispute Learnfare Failure ... Its Effect On Truancy In Question
  • Author: 1992, The Washington Post
  • Description: MADISON, Wis. - Does docking the welfare checks of poor parents whose children are truant get their children back into school? No, according to the first impact study of Learnfare, a 4-year-old program in Wisconsin that is at the cutting edge of a nationwide movement trying to make the poor behave better by punishing them if they do not. The study, released earlier this month, found that a year after the checks going to families of welfare recipients were reduced because of their teen-agers' truancy, one-third of the penalized students had improved attendance, but more than half had even worse attendance records. The same response held for students whose families were merely threatened with having their checks docked.
  • Is Part Of: St. Louis Post - Dispatch (pre-1997 Fulltext), Feb 23, 1992, p.9D
  • Language: English
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