February 15, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Several Bills Being Considered that Could have Sweeping Impacts on Public Education Funding

The West Virginia legislative session began on Wednesday, February 10 and legislators have wasted no time rolling out their priority bills. Several bills with major fiscal impacts are being moved quickly, raising worries of whether lawmakers have had adequate time to thoroughly consider individual bills — much less to consider how the interaction of numerous…

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February 10, 2021 by WVCBP
W.Va. Lawmakers Return to Capitol amid Pandemic. Their Plan: Tax Cuts that Favor the Wealthy and Helping Private Schools

Mountain State Spotlight - This week, state lawmakers return to the Capitol for the first legislative session since the beginning of a pandemic that has so far claimed the lives of 2,150 West Virginians. Read the full article. The Republican majority’s priorities include tax cuts that would favor richer West Virginians and charter schools. Less clear:…

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February 1, 2021 by WVCBP
Fast Facts: Education Savings Accounts Divert Public Funds to Private Schools with Little Accountability and Poor Results

This piece was co-authored by WVCBP executive director, Kelly Allen, and WVCBP senior policy analyst, Sean O'Leary. State-funded vouchers use existing state funds intended for public schools and instead redirect them for use in non-public, private education programs. Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are a form of these state-funded vouchers. The primary difference between ESAs and…

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December 17, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
School Enrollment is Falling During the Pandemic, Which May Lead to Budget Cuts

Statewide enrollment in West Virginia's public schools fell by 9,300 students this past year, as states across the country are seeing declining school enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Declining enrollment could mean budget cuts for school districts, even as schools struggle with the extra costs of improving remote learning offerings and adopting safety procedures…

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August 15, 2020 by WVCBP
‘Our Students First’ Group Pleads With West Virginia Schools To Wait Out Virus

Wheeling News-Register - A school district in West Virginia shouldn’t start classroom learning this school year until that county has recorded two consecutive weeks without a reported coronavirus case, according to a coalition seeking better education in the state. Read the full article. “Our Students First” has released its recommendations for what they consider “a safe return…

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August 13, 2020 by WVCBP
Group Demands W.Va. Governor, Education Leaders Start School Virtually This Fall

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - A coalition of teachers and public school advocates are asking for West Virginia schools to start remotely for the first 14 days with in-person instruction beginning only after 14 consecutive days of no new coronavirus cases in the state. Read the full article. The Our Students First Coalition also wants state officials…

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March 2, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Disinvestment in Higher Education Continues to Hurt West Virginia’s Future

As the 2020 Legislative Session heads down the home stretch, attention now turns to the state budget. While budget proposed by the governor at the beginning of the legislative session showed little change from the previous year, there will likely be some adjustments made, as a number of revenue reducing bills are currently working their…

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November 7, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Higher Education Funding Cuts Have Hurt Students and the State’s Future

With faltering revenue collections, Governor Justice has ordered a $100 million budget cut for the current budget year, with more cuts likely for the FY 2021 budget. And, as with past budget cuts, higher education appears to be a prime target. This is all happening on the heels of a new report from the Center…

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