The School Attendance Demonstration Project (SADP) was aimed at encouraging AFDC teens to attend school and finish high school. The project used a combined approach of the financial incentive in the form of a penalty for non-attendance, and the provision of social services. SADP tracked the school attendance and graduation status of eligible teens (n=997) in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). The study utilized a control group with random assignment. Data indicated that SADP did not effect graduations. The findings seem to indicate that atrisk teens from families receiving public assistance have on-going problems with securing an education that are difficult to correct with SADP services and sanctions.
Harris, Ronald; Jones, Loring; and Finnegan, Daniel
"Using TANF Sanctions to Increase High School Graduation,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 28
, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol28/iss3/12