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West Virginia University (WVU)

WVU, Leadership, and Caricature

WVU Faces Budget Crisis and Difficult Decisions West Virginia University (WVU) has undergone the difficult process of eliminating 28 majors, 143 jobs, and millions of dollars in spending. The cuts were prompted by the university’s $45 million deficit this year. Deficit projections over the nex… Read More
Remote Work

A West Virginia Miracle in Remote Work Innovation

Remote Work is a Growth Opportunity for Appalachia As I was canvassing prospective guests for our Forgotten America Podcast, I came across Aaron Renn’s report titled “The Future of Appalachia.” Renn outlines areas of both growth and opportunity throughout Appalachia. He believes remote work is an ar… Read More
Republican Presidential Candidates

Republican Presidential Candidates on School Choice

What do Republican Presidential Candidates Have to Say About School Choice? School Choice initiatives aim to introduce education to the marketplace. These programs give parents purchasing power, free students from zip code based schools, and bring innovation to schooling. While school choice is larg… Read More
Learn More About West Virginia's Hope Scholarship Eligibility for Your Student

West Virginia’s Hope Scholarship Might Get Even Better

Hope Grows in the Mountain State  West Virginia’s Hope Scholarship program, passed in 2021. At the time of its passage, the Hope Scholarship was the most expansive ESA program in the country. An education savings account (ESA), the Hope Scholarship awards 100 percent of the state portion of… Read More
Elk River Community Revival with Herbert Hoover High School's New Building

An Elk River Revival

Flooding Devastates Elk River Communities A little over seven years ago, on June 23-24, 2016, communities throughout West Virginia were devastated by “thousand-year” rainfall and subsequent flooding. The worst of the damage was concentrated in Kanawha, Fayette, Nicholas, Summers, and Greenbrier coun… Read More
Foster Care in West Virginia

The State of Foster Care in West Virginia

Foster Care in West Virginia As of July 16, 2023, there are 6,357 children in foster care in West Virginia. Many of these are in the foster care system because of the opioid epidemic. The Mountain State lacks enough families and community support to provide a loving home for… Read More
Wedding dress seized under civil asset forfeiture law

What is Civil Asset Forfeiture?

In the United States, civil asset forfeiture is a legal process through which law enforcement officers may seize assets from individuals that they suspect of committing a crime. The key here is “suspect” of committing a crime. There is no requirement for the person whose assets were seized… Read More
West Virginia University (WVU)

West Virginia University Faces Budget Deficit

West Virginia University Faces Budget Deficit Here in the Mountain State, it’s hard to miss the news that West Virginia University is facing a $45 million budget deficit. Over the coming 5-7 years, the university is projecting a need to reduce their overall budget by at least $75… Read More
New York

A New Yorker’s First “Real” Trip to West Virginia

From New York to West Virginia When I started working at Cardinal in May, and being from Upstate New York, I had little firsthand experience with West Virginia. I knew a fair bit about the Mountain State’s history, geography, and some of the current issues. I pride myself on being… Read More
Education Reform

Education Reform Success Will (Luckily) Depend on Reformers

Success in Public Policy Reform You’ll have to excuse me for a moment. . . I was calculating how long I’ve been formally employed in the nonprofit public policy industry. I think I may have suffered what I’ll call a “revelatory aneurysm.” I have been working in public policy reform… Read More