Lawmakers plan child poverty hearing in Oak Hill

BECKLEY (AP) — A legislative committee studying child poverty will conduct its first road hearings in southern West Virginia.

The Senate’s Select Committee on Children and Poverty has scheduled hearings Wednesday in Oak Hill and March 20 in Beckley.

The committee’s chairman, Senate Majority Leader John Unger, tells The Register-Herald that education reforms won’t succeed if child poverty isn’t addressed.

The Berkeley County Democrat says if a child is hungry or worried about what they’re going home to, they won’t perform in the classroom.

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