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Step 2: All enrolled for these assistance programs, if they don't have a HS diploma, must proceed to acquire a GED. 1/2 the group take classes Mon & Wed; other 1/2 Tues & Thurs. Child care provided ... staffed by the 1/2 that have classes on the other two days.that is a great idea,
Step 3: After acquiring GED, at least 2 days/wk, all enrollees must be in job training. Such job training can include child or elder day care training. Participants can choose job training they'd prefer combined with their skill levels as assessed through the performance in GED classes. At least 1 more day/wk (if not participating in job internships), must be given to community service ... which could mean anything from collecting litter in parks to child care for non-profits or govt-run facilities. I'd suggest that there be an hourly stipend for time spent on this community service, in addition to the regular assistance stipend.
Step 4: Random drug testing required. No set schedule.
The devil would be in the details of implementing such requirements.
I would also not be totally opposed to subsidizing wages for those who are successful in getting a regular job (no matter what it is). Less than full assistance, but enough to incentivize working rather than not working.
I guess this sounds a lot like "work-fare", and I think that assistance should be directed that way ... getting people into the groove of earning, not living totally on handouts forever. I think that builds self-esteem for the individual.
But what do I know?
Last edited by Gerry Clinchy; 04-12-2011 at 11:01 AM.
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