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Child well-being check initiative
withdrawn after uproar in Tennessee

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Posted By: mc squared, 8/17/2020 2:31:41 PM

The Tennessee Department of Education has withdrawn a $1 million initiative to conduct well-being checks for all children in Tennessee from birth to age 18 after the program sparked uproar this week, with critics calling it a big-brother government overreach.Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Dr. Penny Schwinn released the Child Wellbeing Check Toolkit during a news conference Tuesday. As originally published, the initiative recommended well-being checks for all children in the state to verify well-being as school closures have left gaps for nutrition, health, and abuse reporting services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Guidelines for the initiative were a collaborative effort of the 38-member

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It was 'poorly written'.
The 38 agencies had 'good intentions.'
The goal was 'aspirational'
My guess is that the press got hold of it and printed it.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Highlander 8/17/2020 2:34:24 PM (No. 512889)
They should have passed that piece of Nazi Socialism in the dead of night like the way most other dem laws are passed in Washington.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: JustCause 8/17/2020 2:44:20 PM (No. 512898)
Now you know what they are REALLY doing at the schools.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: SALady 8/17/2020 2:46:09 PM (No. 512900)
We had to take these children away. Their parents were abusing them. How so? They were home schooling them. They were making them attend church and (gasp) even pray and read the Bible at home. They taught them that homosexuality is not "normal". They dared to call abortion "murder". And the list of horrible "abuses" goes on and on!!! But, don't worry, we are going to put these poor abused children in a nice liberal homosexual couple's home so that they can be taught all the politically correct ways of thinking. For exercise, we will even take them to some nice BLM riots...
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Reply 4 - Posted by: snakeoil 8/17/2020 2:51:12 PM (No. 512903)
Some agency needs to be checking up on children. This couple adopted kids for the money they got. Fed them bread and water, kept them in a cage, and when one died they buried her in the back yard. https://www.kiro7.com/news/trending/tennessee-couple-charged-after-10-year-old-girls-remains-found-buried-backyard/5DIO7QVZNFHERBAROUKULAC4UY/
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Reply 5 - Posted by: mc squared 8/17/2020 3:03:20 PM (No. 512914)
There will always be exceptions, but bureaucrats knocking on millions of doors to find that exception is unpalatable. What would they do when I didn't open the door for them?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Terry_tr6 8/17/2020 3:13:37 PM (No. 512922)
Gee I wonder how many new government employees this would require. could we maybe just put each parent on the payroll?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: justavoter 8/17/2020 3:13:51 PM (No. 512923)
This is a huge Fourth Amendment Violation. Period.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Heraclitus 8/17/2020 3:17:36 PM (No. 512927)
Well put, OP. I don't remember all the details, but this sort of thing was part of Hillary-care. For example, the schools were to weigh children, and if a child were over the "ideal" weight, school officials (extensions of the government, of course), they were empowered to visit the home, go through the cupboards, in fact, search wherever they felt necessary in order to find out why the child was chubby. Government do-gooder agencies NEVER shrink, they do the opposite, grow bigger and fatter and more obtuse, impenetrable and subject to deep and wide corruption. Welfare checks are necessary in certain situations. Usually the authorities know who and where the most vulnerable children are. I'm thinking about several cases out of MA and NH in recent years wherein the warning signs were visible... and the agencies such as they are, tragically missed horrific results. Virtually all of those cases involved unmarried couples, alcohol and even more so, drugs.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: columba 8/17/2020 3:46:31 PM (No. 512949)
It's simple. I am a father and care for my children more than any possible bureaucracy could.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: chumley 8/17/2020 3:52:21 PM (No. 512951)
The fact that anyone even considered this communist BS says very scary things about where we are as a formerly free nation. This sounds like something the Chinese or British would do.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 8/17/2020 4:49:17 PM (No. 512979)
@#4 - Your premise is like blaming all cops for the poor actions of one or two!! It is not the job of govt to raise our children. Govt wants to control our children from cradle to grave until they do something wrong, then they blame the parent(s).
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Reply 12 - Posted by: RuckusTom 8/17/2020 6:33:18 PM (No. 513048)
Why are / were schools serving breakfast, lunch and dinner? Plow up the high school football fields, let the kids grow their own veggies, throw in a few chickens and cows and pigs and goats and let them learn how to grow, pick, slaughter and cook their own meals.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: TLCary 8/17/2020 6:41:28 PM (No. 513052)
You got evidence of imminent danger or probable cause and a warrant, then come on in. Otherwise, I believe this would be a very hazardous profession in our state. I wouldn't do it, no matter how much body armor then issued me.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: SALady 8/17/2020 7:24:21 PM (No. 513078)
#4, there are already governmental agencies, like Child Protective Services (CPS), that check on children when there is abuse in the home reported. Police will also intervene. It's not a perfect system, and requires that someone report the incidences with reasonable facts. But it doesn't justify checking on every child by the government any more than making all law-abiding citizens report their guns to the government (or even taking them away) because some bad guys use guns to do bad things.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Lawsy0 8/17/2020 7:43:18 PM (No. 513097)
It just does not sound like the Governor Bill Lee I voted for and donated to. Some liberal puke must have been behind it all. Like the dolt who wanted the government to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for every school child in Memphis a few years back.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: JHHolliday 8/17/2020 9:17:12 PM (No. 513140)
There are some horrible abuses of children by horrible parents. We have numerous agencies to deal with it. Being government programs, a lot are filled with incompetent employees drawing a check and not doing a proper job. That said, we don’t need a bigger group of government employees screwing things up worse. This is another overreach by people who think the state should rule every aspect of our lives. You can bet it will also get political. At some point finding a MAGA hat in your house will be grounds to seize your children.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 8/17/2020 11:25:02 PM (No. 513240)
I smell grant money in the air. If you only knew how much some women are collecting for the gov to raise the kids they can't afford.
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