October 28, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Expanded Child Tax Credit Could Improve WV Education. Manchin has Suggested Limiting It.

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Williamson Daily News - West Virginia's senior senator has suggested restricting a program currently sending families $250-$300 per month, per child -- a move that could hamper education outcomes and reduce the number of children in the state receiving the benefit by more than half. Read the full article. According to…

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September 13, 2021 by WVCBP
ARP Funds Could Help WV Schools Address Mental-Health Needs

Public News Service - Degrading mental health among the nation's K-12 students over the past year and a half has alarmed health professionals. Experts say West Virginia could use federal funding to help address students' needs, at a time when the novel coronavirus crisis shows no signs of letting up. Read the full article. Tamicah Owens…

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August 18, 2021 by WVCBP
American Rescue Plan Act’s Education Funds Can Address Inequity in West Virginia’s Public Schools

This issue brief was written by the WVCBP's summer research associate, Tamicah Owens. Introduction The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides states with assistance and broad economic relief as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act also includes $123 billion in new, flexible funding known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief…

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August 3, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Explores Lessons Learned from the Pandemic, Outlines Blueprint for Economic Recovery

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – West Virginia faces a pivotal moment as we begin to emerge and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. While the pandemic brought many of its own unique challenges, an important takeaway that was highlighted during COVID-19 was that there are also longstanding, structural challenges to the…

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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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