July 1, 2019 WV Staff

  The decennial census is coming up in April of 2020 and with this deadline fast approaching, much of West Virginia’s federal funding could be on the line by this coming year’s census. Annually West Virginia receives over 1.2 billion dollars to fund essential programs that help our education system. This funding helps K-12 schools,…

June 24, 2019 Jules Kessler

  Have y’all ever heard of MAXIMUS Inc? They are a private, for-profit American company that is contracted by states around the country to run social service programs including Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare. For the 2018 fiscal year, Maximus reported an annual revenue of $2.39 billion, and they made every cent off the backs of…

June 17, 2019 Jules Kessler

With education reform at the top of West Virginia’s policy making agenda we need to be thinking about what education systems and structures we want to see built as we fight against destructive and harmful education models and proposals. We need to identify what structures are in place that are working, both locally and statewide,…

June 4, 2019 Jules Kessler

In early May, the Trump administration proposed a change to the process of determining the Official Poverty Measure (OPM). The OPM, colloquially known as the poverty line, has been formulated based on cost of food since its inception. According to census.gov “current official poverty measure was developed in the mid 1960s by Mollie Orshansky, a…