ERIC Number: ED459311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Education: Wisconsin Tells Parents in Poverty--"You Don't Need No Book Larnin.'" Working & Poor in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Inc., Madison.
Wisconsin's welfare reform program, which is called Wisconsin Works or W-2, emphasizes work over education. Wisconsin's welfare reform policy caused the numbers of Wisconsin welfare recipients attending college to shrink by thousands in the mid-1990s. In contrast, increasing numbers of states are coming to realize how much flexibility they really have under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) legislation and have begun allowing welfare recipients greater access to postsecondary and vocational education opportunities. Wisconsin is experiencing a severe shortage of skilled workers, and new jobs being created increasingly require levels of education and skill not possessed by the pool of available workers. Current W-2 policies are not helping the situation because they do not facilitate expansion of the skilled workforce. With only a small fraction of Wisconsin's former welfare caseload left in W-2, the program's population consists of participants with major, multiple obstacles to self-sufficiency. Research has repeatedly shown that the most effective welfare-to-work programs are those with a flexible, individualized approach that mixes job search, education, job training, and work in support of a specific employment goal. By altering W-2 to incorporate this approach, Wisconsin policymakers can help ensure welfare recipients' long-term labor market success and simultaneously address the state's need for more skilled workers. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Employment Patterns, Employment Problems, Employment Qualifications, Job Search Methods, Job Training, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Poverty, Public Policy, Skilled Workers, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Inc., Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families