Category: Education in Appalachia

Episode 3: Paycheck to Paycheck

In “Paycheck to Paycheck,” I take you directly to the teachers at Eastern Elementary and Middle School in Giles County. They all share stories of the hardships they face when the money isn’t there, and hasn’t been for years. Some shed light on their unimaginable burdens while keeping a smile on their face. 


Episode 2: Dollars & Delegates

“Dollars & Delegates” discusses the breakdown of Virginia’s proposed K-12 budgets, and why leaders in Giles County believe legislators are out of touch on what rural school districts need.


Episode 1: Roots

“Roots” describes the southwestern region of Virginia through firsthand accounts of those who live there. Strong feelings about the issues that Giles County Public Schools face from chronic underfunding come to light through its school […]


Dollar for Dollar: Former Governor’s budget, if passed, would still fall short in Virginia’s Appalachian schools

Former Gov. McAuliffe’s “Caboose Bill” could bring $1 billion to schools in the Commonwealth. Southwestern Virginia districts say that it’s still not enough.