Social Programs: Learn, Work and Wed

Wisconsin's Governor Tommy Thompson offers an imaginative -- but controversial -- solution to the problems of poverty and welfare dependency

Keyola Lackey got pregnant in the 10th grade and dropped out of school. A year after her baby was born, she got pregnant again. With no husband and no job, she was living on welfare. Her mother begged her to go back to school, but Lackey wouldn't listen. Then, three years ago, Wisconsin state officials delivered a blunt message. "They told me I had to go to school to keep getting benefits," she recalls. "It was a big push." Last year she graduated from high school, and she is now studying to be an accountant at Milwaukee Area Technical College.


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