WVCBP in the News

June 13, 2024 by WVCBP
A Foster Care System in Crisis: West Virginia Faces a Legal Reckoning

NBC News, Yahoo News - During her roughly four years in West Virginia’s foster care system, Nahomi Bennett says she bounced around among more than a dozen facilities — so many that she lost count. But there is one she can't forget: the group home where she was living when, she says, an older boy raped…

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June 12, 2024 by Seth DiStefano
Us & Them Encore: SNAP — Do The Hungry Get More Policy Than Nutrition?

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Forty-two million Americans, or about 12 percent of the the population, need help feeding their families.  Read the full article. That help often comes from a federal program called SNAP — which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps. The Mountain State is one of the top…

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June 11, 2024 by Kelly Allen
WV Ranks Near Bottom of Country for Education Outcomes as Childhood Poverty Increases, Data Shows

West Virginia Watch, News from the States, Beckley Register-Herald - One quarter of children in West Virginia live in poverty, and new data shows the number has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article. The Kids Count Data Book ranked West Virginia 47th out of 50 states for children’s economic well-being. The data, released Monday by the…

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June 11, 2024 by Kelly Allen
National Analysis Of W.Va. Children Offers Solutions To Declining Math, Reading Scores

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - National academic assessments have shown the pandemic students across the nation lost ground in both reading and math. One study is pinpointing the investments needed to be made in education to ensure future success. Read the full article. The Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates West Virginia…

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June 10, 2024 by Kelly Allen
Report: WV Kids Face Sliding Reading, Math Scores

Public News Service - Math and reading proficiency among West Virginia kids has worsened over the past five years, according to new data. Read the full article. The latest Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed in 2022, 85% of the state's eighth graders were behind in math and 78% of fourth graders…

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June 10, 2024 by Kelly Allen
KIDS COUNT Gives West Virginia Poor Grades in Children’s Health

Dominion Post, Aol - The 2024 KIDS COUNT Data Book is out, and while West Virginia is steadily climbing rungs in its general showing from last year, the state still remains in the lower tier of the nation related to children’s health. Read the full article. West Virginia’s composite rating was 35th in the country –…

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June 9, 2024 by WVCBP
DC Elites Spark Boom in Poverty-hit State – Locals Left Living in Cars

MSN - Washington DC's wealthy remote workers are ditching the nation's capital for the country roads of West Virginia - pushing up rent costs in the poverty-stricken state and pricing out locals. Read the full article. A shift to remote working during the pandemic has enabled DC's top earners to relocate to rural areas and…

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June 5, 2024 by Kelly Allen
Tax Cut Trigger Likely to Be Hit in August; Could Total $18M Revenue Drop for FY 2025

West Virginia Watch, Beckley Register-Herald, Times West Virginian - As August approaches, state leaders are still uncertain about what the impact could be of the impending trigger that could — depending on revenue collections — bring an end to the state’s personal income tax and, in turn, a budget deficit of unknown proportions. Read the…

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June 4, 2024 by WVCBP
The Hope Scholarship Will Continue to Hurt West Virginia Public Schools

West Virginia Watch, News from the States - West Virginia public schools need money, that’s no secret. Read the full article. Many schools are struggling to figure out what they’re going to do when they lose the temporary federal pandemic funding, which ends in September. For the 2024-2025 school year, there will be $392 million…

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May 29, 2024 by WVCBP
Lawmakers Give Additional $27M to Hope Scholarship Program

West Virginia Watch, News from the States - West Virginia lawmakers will give an additional $27 million to the Hope Scholarship, the state’s education savings account program, from unused state dollars.  Read the full article. It is one of the nation’s broadest education saving account programs, giving roughly $4,400 per student in taxpayer money to families to…

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