President Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers told the Daily Mail's Dave Boucher that the economics have to make sense for that project to happen.
That's the problem in a nutshell.
In 1950, with pick-and-shovel mining, the county had almost 99,000 people. By 2012, McDowell County's population was estimated at only 21,326, and aging fast.
In 2010, according to QuickFacts from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income was only $21,967. The per capita money income was only $13,345.
Private nonfarm employment: 2,927 people.
Building permits issued in 2011: 0.
The state owes the seniors of McDowell County the services they need. It owes the children of the county the tools they need to escape the economic desert in which they find themselves.
It's a tall order without a strong economic base on which to build.