LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan policy that ties cash assistance for poor families to school attendance has become law.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation Thursday.
“Much like the Pathways to Potential program, this legislation brings together parents, schools and the state to determine obstacles that keep students from being in school and how to overcome them,” said Governor Snyder. “To break the cycle of poverty, kids need an education to position them for future success. We have to do everything we can to see that they are regularly attending school.”
A family loses eligibility for cash assistance if a child ages 6 through 15 doesn’t meet attendance requirements. Children 16 or older who are dependents and haven’t graduated from high school will lose their aid if they don’t meet attendance requirements.
Cash assistance would be restored if a student attends school for 21 consecutive days.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Al Pscholka, says kids need to be in school “to break the generational cycle of poverty.” The law matches a policy that’s been enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services.