The governor wants to expand a pilot program to bring welfare services to schools that are failing. The project is now in 19 schools and will be expand to 20 more.
The experience at the Lansing Grand River School has been very positive according to state and local officials. Instead of going to the welfare offices, the services are offered in the schools, which has reduced student truancy, increased parental participation in school activities, and hiked the number of students passing the MEAP exam from 16 percent to 52 percent this year.
Parents say instead of being a number, they now become "family" to the welfare caseworkers assigned to each school.