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Would most West Virginia kids see the results of “Education Reform?”

Some state legislators keep pushing charter schools and Education Savings Accounts that will only help a small number of children. But their efforts leave public schools underfunded where the majority of young Mountaineers  face serious problems that need addressing.


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How Jim Justice's $4.8 million in unpaid fines could benefit West Virginia

How big a difference could a thousand more Promise Scholarships make for young people across West Virginia?

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State Senator votes for a bill that could fund his own paycheck

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When Victory Baptist Pastor Rollan Roberts campaigned for the WV Senate in 2016, one of his platform planks was ‘education reform’. After he was elected to represent Raleigh County, he co-sponsored the Omnibus Education Reform bill, which led to the second teacher’s strike. This bill included a school voucher program which would take public education money and gives it to private schools.

It just so happens Roberts and his wife make most of their wages from the private school his church operates.



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One presidential candidate gets serious in Kermit

Elizabeth Warren’ and ‘West Virginia’ are four words you don’t expect to see together, given how the Mountain State is seen politically as a state redder than a maraschino cherry. But on her recent visit to the state, Warren brought a proposal of substance and seriousness that respects the scope of the addiction crisis in West Virginia.


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Patrick Morrisey: failing to protect us from drug dealers in suits

The higher the dose, the higher the bonus. That was the deal that Insys Therapeutics made with doctors to get them to push fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, to patients.  

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Let’s put experienced legislators at the head of the class

West Virginia’s teachers have gone on strike twice in as many years because they were ignored by our leaders in Charleston. As legislative leaders prepare to revisit education this summer, it looks like the legislature still hasn’t learned their lesson.

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Coal Built West Virginia and Diversifying the Economy Will Protect that History

Ashley and Sean Noland were raised in West Virginia and they wanted to stay in the state forever. But after having a baby, they felt they had to move away to build a better life for their child.

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Morrisey drug settlement with Big Pharma a big sellout

Patrick Morrisey’s settlement with a drug company that funneled massive amounts of opioids into West Virginia’s heartland is an insult.

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Education Leaders Ask: Were They Even Listening?

Would it be OK if a special legislative session on education never happens at all?

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Raising the Minimum Wage Saves Lives in Rural States

Kristina Tripkovic

Suicide hits West Virginia harder than most states, but a simple legislative fix could turn those tragic numbers around: raise the minimum wage.

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