Public News Service – Degrading mental health among the nation’s K-12 students over the past year and a half has alarmed health professionals. Experts say West Virginia could use federal funding to help address students’ needs, at a time when the novel coronavirus crisis shows no signs of letting up. Read the full article.
Tamicah Owens is a summer research associate at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and a doctoral student in educational theory and practice at West Virginia University. She said the state will receive more than $761 million to ensure they can reopen safely and meet students’ needs.
“So school districts, for example, could hire more teachers,” said Owens. “They could hire counselors, they could hire nurses, they could also hire additional social workers and school psychologists and counselors.”