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Superintendent Weighs In On State Of W.Va. Schools

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Dr. Steven Paine serves as West Virginia’s 31st state superintendent.

When asked what he’s most excited about in education spheres throughout the state, he says there are promising indications of improved student academic achievement, and he points to the state’s impressive graduation rates. He also highlights the career and technical education programs throughout the state. 

Education reporter Glynis Board spoke with Paine in depth about these and other issues. We hear some of that conversation.

Also on today’s show, In many states, the opioid crisis is contributing to a surge in foster care cases. 

West Virginia has been hit especially hard. The system is so overwhelmed, state lawmakers voted to privatize it earlier this year. And child advocates are suing the state for (allegedly) failing to protect kids from abuse and neglect.

As part of a two-part series, Roxy Todd examines what West Virginia’s foster care system looks like on the ground.  

And Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials gathered Tuesday afternoon to unveil a new initiative launching in West Virginia that combines free substance abuse treatment with free job training. Emily Allen has more.

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