Education & Human Services

October 4, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia’s Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity

A decade since the Great Recession, state spending on higher education has yet to recover from years of deep cuts, including in West Virginia, according to a new report released today from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. West Virginia was one of 45 states that spent less per student in the 2018 school year than in 2008.…

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April 25, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia’s Performance Funding Model Should Work to Avoid Unintended Consequences

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been developing a model of performance-based funding for West Virginias higher education institutions, as mandated by the legislature. While 37 states have adopted some form of performance-based funding models for higher education, they have not all been successful, and have led to some unintended consequences.

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January 23, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
Free Community College is a Good Idea, Residency Requirements and Drug Tests are Not

West Virginia joins states around the country in moving towards free higher education, with SB 284, the free community college bill supported by Governor Justice and Senate President Carmichael. The "WV Invest Grant" program would provide a grant offsetting tuition for eligible students who enroll in one of the state's two year colleges.

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April 24, 2012 by Ted Boettner
Why Not Drug Test State-Funded Job Training?

Today the Governor officially ordered Workforce WV to begin drug testing those enrolled in job training programs (see below press release). What was not mentioned was that these programs are completely funded by federal dollars and that they mostly go to the "disadvantaged and at-risk youth, adults, and dislocated workers." However, the big question is…

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April 13, 2012 by Sean O'Leary
Low-Wage Workers More Educated Today

Here is an interesting, if troubling blog post from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The post shows that low-wage workers (those making less than $10.00 an hour in 2011 dollars) are becoming more educated.  In every state across the country, low wage workers are more educated than they were thirty years ago, meaning that…

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March 15, 2011 by Paul Miller
State Workforce Training Spending Lowest in History

  The most important asset to a firm is the presence of a well-trained and productive workforce.  One effective way the state achieves this goal is through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Training Program, which provides businesses and workers with customized job training.  Customized, state-funded job training funding is a vital piece in providing the resources…

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