May 16, 2024 by Kelly Allen, Sean O'Leary
Hope Scholarship-driven Enrollment Decline has Major Impacts on Public Schools and Students

Nearly 250,000 West Virginia children receive their education in the public school system. High-quality public education helps make the American dream possible—at its best, ensuring a strong educational foundation for all children across race, ethnicity, disability status, gender, religion, and socioeconomic background. In addition to public schools educating the vast majority of children in our…

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May 7, 2024 by Sean O'Leary
Reducing Poverty Can Improve Educational Outcomes

One in four children in West Virginia lived in poverty in 2022, the second highest rate of any state in the country. With the state pursuing education reform focused on funneling taxpayer funding out of public schools and into the private sector via the Hope Scholarship, West Virginia's voucher program which is growing more expensive…

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March 8, 2024 by Kelly Allen
Potential $465M Federal Clawback Raises Concerns About West Virginia Schools

Associated Press, Cumberland Times-News - West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s administration has been characterized by flat budgets and record surpluses that helped cut the state’s income tax last year. Read the full article. Now, the state could face collateral damage: a possible $465 million clawback of pandemic aid by the U.S. Department of Education. It has…

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March 3, 2024 by WVCBP
West Virginia’s Schools Might be Forced to Pay for ‘In God We Trust’ Signage

Daily Kos - West Virginia’s almost entirely Republican state Senate passed a bill in late January that would require schools in the state to display “In God We Trust'' signs—in every single classroom. When the state’s House Education Committee took up the bill, it was initially amended to require signage in a single prominent area of each…

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February 9, 2024 by Kelly Allen
Joseph Wyatt: GOP Mad Scientists Diminish Education in WV (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - As if West Virginia’s legislative GOP supermajority had relocated to the island of Dr. Moreau and set up shop in subterranean laboratories, it has concocted a zoo full of educational systems. Read the full op-ed. Among their results are micro-schools, pod schools, home schools and other species they assure us will lead…

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February 6, 2024 by WVCBP
Senate’s School Discipline Bill, Crafted by a Teacher, Faces Concerns for Cost and Students

West Virginia Watch - The Senate will consider a bill that backs elementary teachers’ decision to remove violent or threatening students. The legislation could cost cash-strapped school districts, which would be on the hook for creating alternative learning environments for removed students. Read the full article. Senate Education Chair Amy Grady, a public school teacher…

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February 1, 2024 by WVCBP
Solving West Virginia’s Truancy Problem Takes Work on All Fronts, Attorney Says

WVNS, Yahoo News - It’s a stereotype that kids like to skip school and that they may celebrate when bad weather closes school doors. But West Virginia teachers are seeing a serious rise in chronic absenteeism, despite laws making truancy a crime and holding adult guardians legally accountable. Read the full article. According to Balanced…

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