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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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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