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Making the Grade: State Options for Education in TANF Programs

with Ken Smith

Education is a tried-and-true path out of poverty. But the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is full of obstacles that keep people from counting education toward federally mandated work requirements. But some states—like Nebraska—have allowed more access to education for TANF recipients.

In this episode of the Advocacy Exchange, we talked with Ken Smith, a staff attorney with the Economic Justice Program at the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest. We discussed what states can do to meet federal TANF requirements and create pathways to higher education for TANF recipients. 

Be sure to read the Clearinghouse article on this topic from Smith and his colleagues, State Options in Expanding Access to Education in TANF Programs.

Another resource on this topic is CLASP's Expanding Education and Training Opportunities Under TANF.

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