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Why doesn't West Virginia have an educational choice program?
Several state lawmakers introduced a tax-credit scholarship bill for low-income students and a school voucher plan for students with special needs in 2011. Both failed to reach the governor’s desk. If you would like to learn more about school choice in other states, search our School Choice in America Dashboard.
Is anyone trying to propose an educational choice program in West Virginia now?
Yes. In 2014 local policy leaders launched the Cardinal Institute, a 501c(3) dedicated to economic public policy research. The Cardinal Institute and a group of state lawmakers are pursuing educational choice as a way to give a heavily rural state maximum educational options. They may consider an education savings account, which would allow parents to customize their child’s education with a variety of pre-approved tools and services, despite scarcity of private school options in some rural districts. For more information on the school choice movement in West Virginia, contact our state team.