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 The plan addresses a litany…

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July 8, 2021 by WVCBP
Children in Foster Care Must Be Considered in Addressing Academic Losses with American Rescue Plan Act Funding

This blog post was written by the WVCBP's summer research associate, Tamicah Owens. The closing of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, while necessary, created a myriad of issues for learners and parents. Teachers and schools in some areas were able to quickly transition to virtual schooling for students. However, some student populations suffered higher levels of academic losses…

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April 28, 2021 by WVCBP
President Biden’s Recovery Package Represents the Transformative Policy West Virginia Needs

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – The President’s announcement of the American Families Plan today, along with his American Jobs Plan, puts us one step closer to seizing the historic opportunity to build a stronger recovery and a more equitable economy. We call on West Virginia’s congressional delegation to move swiftly to…

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April 17, 2021 by WVCBP
Statehouse Beat: D-word Best Describes Past Session

Charleston Gazette-Mail - I was trying to find a word that sums up the 2021 legislative session, and after much consideration, it came to me: Despicable. Read the full article. Despicable, in that the Legislature committed acts of cruelty for no reason but the sheer pleasure they derived from doing so. They passed a despicable…

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March 29, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Education Choice Groups Praise Signing of Hope Scholarship Education Savings Account Bill

Martinsburg Journal, Parkersburg News and Sentinel - West Virginia is now the seventh state in the nation to offer an education savings account program. Read the full article. Gov. Jim Justice has signed the Hope Scholarship bill. The Legislature received a letter Monday from Justice announcing the signing of several bills Saturday, including House Bill…

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March 17, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Senate Passes ESAs Bill, Governor Lets Teacher Strike Bill Be Law Without Signature

West Virginia MetroNews - Both houses of the Legislature have passed a bill that would divert dollars for students leaving public schools for private school or homeschooling. Read the full article. And the governor let go into law without his signature a bill clarifying that strikes against the state by public employees including educators are unlawful. The…

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March 16, 2021 by WVCBP
LETTER: Enhance the Community Development School Pilot Program

Charleston Gazette-Mail - I’ve been following the governor and Legislature’s 2021 mind-numbing attempts to force West Virginia’s laws and constitution to waste money, crush public education, poison our water and generally make life more difficult for those already suffering from poverty and systemic racism. Read the full letter to the editor. I couldn’t agree more…

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March 11, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Questions about Cost Follow Scholarship Bill toward Legislative Passage

West Virginia MetroNews - A bill allowing families to use public money for private education costs is on the edge of passing West Virginia’s Legislature. Read the full article. “I am very proud to support this bill,” said Senator Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh, a pastor who is also administrator of the private school Victory Baptist Academy.…

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