TANF & Higher Education Reauthorization Act

Linda Purrington (lpurring@earthlink.net)
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 09:38:01 -0700

The Senate has voted to provide welfare recipients the opportunity to
qualify for living wage jobs by increasing their access to
post-secondary education. The Wellstone amendment to the Higher
Education Reauthorization Act (S. 1882) makes 24 months of
post-secondary education and vocational training a permissible work
activity under TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families], and
removes teen parents from a 30 percent cap on the number of a state's
welfare caseload that may be in educational activities. The House
version of the bill does not include the Wellstone provision.

Linda Purrington
Title IX Advocates

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