Despite W.Va. education reform, the extraction of rural youth to continue

July 15, 2019 | The Register-Herald

As adults in West Virginia debated changes to the education system, high school students nearing graduation were looking around and deciding if West Virginia had a place for them.

Johny Lopez, who recently graduated from Greenbrier East High School, would like to stay here. Moving would mean leaving his family behind, and he’d miss the friendliness of the people.

“It’s a place that I could call home, but there’s just not that many jobs related to what I want to do and want to learn,” he said.

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