Education & Human Services

October 22nd, 2018 by
A New Candidate Class: Schoolteachers Running for Office

Christian Science Monitor - When public school teachers in West Virginia heard last winter that their health insurance premiums would skyrocket, Brianne Solomon wasn’t sure anything could be done about it. Educators like her were grumbling, to be sure, but their union’s clout in this right-to-work state was questionable. Read. 

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April 25th, 2018 by
West Virginia’s Performance Funding Model Should Work to Avoid Unintended Consequences

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been developing a model of performance-based funding for West Virginias higher education institutions, as mandated by the legislature. While 37 states have adopted some form of performance-based funding models for higher education, they have not all been successful, and have led to some unintended consequences.

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March 30th, 2018 by
Two Options For Addressing PEIA Revenue Shortfall

Last week, the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) Task Force held its first meeting to address the growing costs of health care coverage for public workers in West Virginia. The growing costs of health care for teachers and other public employees was a central reason why teachers went on strike for nine school…

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April 24th, 2012 by
Why Not Drug Test State-Funded Job Training?

Today the Governor officially ordered Workforce WV to begin drug testing those enrolled in job training programs (see below press release). What was not mentioned was that these programs are completely funded by federal dollars and that they mostly go to the "disadvantaged and at-risk youth, adults, and dislocated workers." However, the big question is…

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April 13th, 2012 by
Low-Wage Workers More Educated Today

Here is an interesting, if troubling blog post from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The post shows that low-wage workers (those making less than $10.00 an hour in 2011 dollars) are becoming more educated.  In every state across the country, low wage workers are more educated than they were thirty years ago, meaning that…

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March 15th, 2011 by
State Workforce Training Spending Lowest in History

  The most important asset to a firm is the presence of a well-trained and productive workforce.  One effective way the state achieves this goal is through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Training Program, which provides businesses and workers with customized job training.  Customized, state-funded job training funding is a vital piece in providing the resources…

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