Education

February 18, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Lack of Support for Colleges Cements Decline

Beckley Register-Herald - State legislators, past and present, who have voted to undercut support of public education should be embarrassed. Public funding for our colleges and universities in West Virginia has been trimmed consistently over the past decade just as both the state’s students and its economy have needed a hand up. Read the full…

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February 15, 2022 by WVCBP
At WVU, as State Funding Goes Down, Students Bear More and More of the Burden

Mountain State Spotlight - Last summer, the West Virginia University Foundation — the institution’s fundraising arm — touted in a news release that it had raised a record $270 million. Read the full article. Foundation President and CEO Cindi Roth said the number “speaks volumes about the generosity and commitment of our alumni and friends.” WVU President…

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October 28, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Expanded Child Tax Credit Could Improve WV Education. Manchin has Suggested Limiting It.

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Williamson Daily News - West Virginia's senior senator has suggested restricting a program currently sending families $250-$300 per month, per child -- a move that could hamper education outcomes and reduce the number of children in the state receiving the benefit by more than half. Read the full article. According to…

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September 13, 2021 by WVCBP
ARP Funds Could Help WV Schools Address Mental-Health Needs

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…

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August 18, 2021 by WVCBP
American Rescue Plan Act’s Education Funds Can Address Inequity in West Virginia’s Public Schools

This issue brief was written by the WVCBP's summer research associate, Tamicah Owens. Introduction The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides states with assistance and broad economic relief as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act also includes $123 billion in new, flexible funding known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief…

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August 3, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Explores Lessons Learned from the Pandemic, Outlines Blueprint for Economic Recovery

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – West Virginia faces a pivotal moment as we begin to emerge and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. While the pandemic brought many of its own unique challenges, an important takeaway that was highlighted during COVID-19 was that there are also longstanding, structural challenges to the…

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July 22, 2021 by Quenton King
A Look at Student Loan Debt in West Virginia

Federal student loan debt has more than tripled since 2007, jumping from $516 billion in 2007 to nearly $1.6 trillion in March 2021. West Virginia borrowers hold $6.5 billion of that debt. The freeze on student loan payments and the temporary zero percent interest rate have been a relief to borrowers since implemented in March…

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July 13, 2021 by WVCBP
WV School Systems are Requesting Input on How to Spend $739M in Federal Money. Kanawha Alone is Getting $82M.

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The American Rescue Plan Act is providing $739 million to West Virginia county school systems, including $82 million to Kanawha County. Read the full article. Through 4 p.m. Friday, the Kanawha school system is inviting public comment on its plan to spend that money. Comments may be emailed to comment@mail.kana.k12 .wv.us The plan addresses a litany…

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