MI legislature OKs bill to tie truancy to assistance

This April 16, 2015 photo shows the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Department of Human Services policy of requiring school attendance for families receiving cash assistance would become law under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

The Republican-led House gave final approval to the bill Tuesday.

The measure would make law of the existing department policy in which a family loses eligibility for the Family Independence Program if a child ages 6 through 15 doesn’t meet certain attendance requirements. Children 16 or older who are still dependents and haven’t graduated from high school would lose cash assistance for themselves if they don’t meet attendance requirements.

Republican sponsor Rep. Al Pscholka of Stevensville says multiple precautions would be taken before removing people from cash assistance, and the legislation would help “break the cycle of generational poverty.”

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