CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new report not only makes recommendations to change West Virginia’s education system, it also tells a story of how the daily complications of students’ lives affects how they perform in school.

“It is apparent more needs to be done to address the consequences of poverty and the opioid crisis on West Virginia’s children,” the report says.

“Public schools carry much of the burden created by abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.”

The report, “West Virginia’s Voice,” resulted from a series of forums around the state. The report was put out Tuesday by the state Department of Education in anticipation of a focus on education during an upcoming special legislative session.

A subsection focusing on student responses uses numbers to describe the challenges of school systems.

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