CHARLESTON, West Virginia — In response to Gov. Jim Justice signing House Bill 2596, which will give West Virginia students greater access to the public schools that best fits their needs, Executive Director Craig Hulse released the following statement on behalf of yes. every kid.
“West Virginia has been a leader in empowering families, first by enacting the Hope Scholarship Act, which allows students to access funding for individualized learning experiences, and now by ensuring West Virginia students can access any public school. A family’s income or zip code shouldn’t matter when it comes to their child’s education. Every kid deserves access to the best education possible—and for too long, residential assignment has prevented this.
“West Virginia’s open enrollment legislation prevents districts from charging tuition for students to access public schools outside of their neighborhood and establishes a system of checks and balances, ensuring families have the freedom to make decisions about their child’s education. This bill guarantees every child will have access to the public school that fits them best.”