ERIC Number: ED465328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Struggling To Stay in School: Obstacles to Post-Secondary Education under the Welfare-to-Work Restrictions in Michigan.
Kahn, Peggy; Polakow, Valerie
This study explored the impact of mandatory work requirements on welfare-reliant mothers struggling to pursue postsecondary education and the overwhelming difficulties created by rigid and punitive policies at both the federal and state levels. The study documented and analyzed the policies and practices of the Family Independence Agency and Work First agencies, the enforcement of mandatory work requirements, and the administration of welfare, education, and child care policies. The study presents the stories of 10 student mothers. Their stories are a testimony to resilience, tenacity, and the ability to endure in the face of a continuing assault on their educational goals and family viability. Their experiences show that current policies create temporal and financial burdens and impose intense psychological and physical stress. Policies compromise the parenting, educational progress, and work histories of student mothers, and they force low-income parents engaged in strategic planning for self-sufficiency to make short-term sacrifices in the hopes of achieving long-term gains. Recommendations are made for changed policies in Michigan to assist welfare-reliant student mothers in pursuing postsecondary education. Of particular importance are improved child care options and better training for welfare case workers. (Contains 29 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Care, College Students, Economic Factors, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Mothers, Personal Narratives, Poverty, Public Policy, State Aid, Student Characteristics, Welfare Recipients
For full text: http://www.umich.edu/~cew.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for the Education of Women.; Michigan Univ., Flint.
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