The state Supreme Court initiated programs designed to bring schools, social workers and law enforcement together to combat this problem. Taylor Circuit Judge Alan Moats has been deeply involved with the effort.
As the Daily Mail's Zack Harold reported, Moats
recently told legislators that 22 of 24 students who dropped out of school in Barbour County had at least one parent who was a high school dropout.
"Dropouts beget more dropouts who beget more dropouts and the cycle just goes on and on," he told a legislative committee.
Skipping school also results in poor job skills. Shizue York, a spokeswoman for Nippon Thermostat, said her company gives people a 90-day tryout before hiring them permanently.
"Some people can't survive three months," York said.
This is maddening. Taxpayers pony up more than $10,000 a year per student. Politicians move heaven and Earth to get companies to invest here.
Parents have to get their children to school.
Good jobs are available at home, in West Virginia - but only for kids who take advantage of school.