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  • West Virginia has had crisis after crisis imposed on it; some have come externally, but many have been so tragically self-inflicted. The best example of this cycle is how our certificate of need a.k.a. CON laws have hampered our ability to respond to any of the health issues our state has experienced.   History of…

    March 4, 2021

  • Can Hope Scholarships Help Pay Private School Tuition Fees?: Marginal v. Total Thinking Explainer Another concern with the proposed Hope Scholarship is the matter of whether or not the scholarship amounts would truly make a difference to families with the lowest incomes. This is particularly a concern for those who may want to use the…

    March 2, 2021

  • Apprenticeships and Career Education Get People into Jobs Do you need a college degree for a great career? Certainly not. February is CTE Month, a time to think about how career and technical education can be a fast track to jobs and community development. Vocational programs can prepare students for the jobs that actually exist…

    February 26, 2021

  • Thanks to increasingly popular technology, you no longer need to leave the comfort of your home to get basic medical care. Telemedicine allows you to meet with your healthcare provider via smartphone or computer. For states with large rural areas, like West Virginia, telemedicine could provide healthcare for residents who have limited transportation options or…

    February 22, 2021

    Telemedicine Saves Lives

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    Cardinal Team

  • Education Costs & the Hope Scholarship   Amid all the talk about why lawmakers in West Virginia should or shouldn’t pass legislation that introduces Hope Scholarship education savings accounts to students and families across the Mountain State, one major point of contention always comes back to the almighty dollar - the costs of education in…

    February 19, 2021

  • Not yet a month out from Joe Biden’s first day in office, the newly inaugurated President has signed 25 executive orders and proposed plans for impactful change across the nation. Lumped into a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, the President has suggested increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.   The Biden administration…

    February 18, 2021

  • By Garrett Ballengee originally published by West Virginia Executive Magazine as an Executive Exclusive.   Experts say that certificate-of-need (CON) laws are hurting the quality of health care in West Virginia, but there are efforts to eliminate the onerous regulations. CON laws require health care providers to get permission before expanding or offering new services.…

    February 17, 2021

  • One of the top concerns for everyone is equity in education. On paper we have done a good job, investing near average for the nation per capita despite having a historically low GDP. But beyond budgetary reports, how equitable is our education system? The Current System West Virginia’s model works well for the rich; they…

    February 13, 2021

  • “I am a speech language pathologist here in the northern panhandle of West Virginia and I specialize in dyslexia. I have a private practice where I work with both children and adults, on diagnosis and then point them in the right direction for tutoring – whether that's with me or programs that are designed for parents…

    February 13, 2021

  • "My husband and I moved to West Virginia about four years ago. We have three children and expecting our fourth in the next month. Our oldest just turned five and he’s getting ready to enter kindergarten.”   “As we prepare for that, my husband and I have started to explore the educational options that are…

    February 12, 2021

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