Ruling blocks access to educational options for over 3,000 students who applied for the Hope Scholarship program
CHARLESTON, WV. – By a vote of 2 to 1, the Intermediate Court of Appeals of West Virginia denied the Attorney General’s motion to stay regarding the new Hope Scholarship Program, further blocking over 3,000 students from accessing this transformational program. In response to the ruling, Executive Director Andrew Clark issued the following statement on behalf of yes. every kid. foundation.:
“This split decision is another disappointing ruling for the families of more than 3,000 students who have made significant decisions for their child’s education based on the promise of the Hope Scholarship. The ruling directly and negatively impacts students who were relying on the resources and opportunities this upcoming school year. This decision perpetuates the uncertainty that had been unnecessarily created by the circuit court’s injunction preventing students from accessing the benefits of the Hope Scholarship program.
“Despite this setback, we are encouraged that one member of the three-judge panel would have granted the stay. We are optimistic that the program will ultimately be upheld. We are grateful for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and State Treasurer Riley Moore’s steadfast commitment to protecting the educational freedom of every child. In support of the Hope Scholarship program and in solidarity with families, students and educators, we filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief. We intend to continue to stand by the Attorney General as he defends the law. Every student should have the opportunity to access the resources and educational experiences that align with their needs and learning styles.”
The Hope Scholarship program was passed last year by the West Virginia legislature and signed into law. When enacted, the program will give eligible public school students and parents access to approximately $4,300 for each student annually to customize their learning experience. Low-income and middle-class families will be able to access programs that previously only wealthier families could afford. This can also allow parents to blend their learning between their existing public school and other opportunities, such as tutoring, exam prep and private vocational courses.
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