Raising kids to read
One of the most interesting stories to come out of the Tri-State area last week concerned a proposal by the Frederick County Department of Social Services to use welfare recipients as unpaid interns in the schools. Officials there are touting the idea as the greatest invention since sliced bread, an assessment which we doubt. But even if there are more problems with it than officials anticipate, it still has some interesting possibilities.
Dan Cunningham, assistant to the state school superintendent, described the plan as "an elaborate extension of the parent volunteer program."
Parents with children in the system will be eligible to work in schools as part of the public service they'll have to perform under welfare-reform laws. Others without children can also apply for jobs, but only in the areas of maintenance, food service and clerical assistance at the school board's main offices.
Everyone who works will continue to get welfare benefits plus a $5 or $10 daily stipend to cover the cost of things like cab fare.