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Let it Rip: Kid misses too much school, no more welfare check

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Michigan parents whose children don't attend school could lose welfare cash benefits under a new policy set to take effect on Monday.  The idea is to get kids to go to school, but does this new policy unfairly punish families who need help?  

On Thursday at 10:00 PM hear some real opinion on Fox 2's Let it Rip.

Joining Huel Perkins on the set:

Maureen D. Taylor, State Chair, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.

Charles J. (Chuck) Moss, Republican State Representative representing the 40th District which covers a large portion of Oakland County.

On Tuesday Fox 2's Taryn Asher first reported on the controversial policy decision.  The story went viral on the web and more than 50,000 people joined the conversation on Facebook.

What do you think about it.  ADD YOUR COMMENTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY -- SOME OF THEM MAY BE USED ON THE SHOW.  Fox 2's Charlie Langton is gong on the road to get more reactions.  (Save this story for a video replay of the show.)

More details: The Michigan Department of Human Services will require children ages 6-15 to attend school full time to keep their family eligible for cash benefits.

A student is considered truant in Michigan when he or she has 10 or more unexcused absences per school year.
 
If a child doesn't attend school, the entire family could become ineligible. Current policy requires attendance for children ages 16-17 and doesn't cut aid if a student is truant.
 
"The intent is, this is cash assistance for people with kids and you need to be responsible," DHS spokesman David Akerly told the Associated Press. "It's a carrot and stick."
 
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who earlier this year called for a crackdown on truancy at schools, pushed for the policy change, which takes effect two days before Michigan's fall Count Day, when attendance is used to determine most of a school district's per-pupil funding from the state.
 
The policy is expected to affect most of the state's 59,000 welfare cash-assistance cases and its roughly 162,000 recipients.
 
For the 2011-12 school year, more than 93,000 cases of truancy were reported in Michigan schools, up nearly 10,000 from the previous year.

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