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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- West Virginia is ranked 49th nationwide in education, but legislators say this is part of a bigger issue in the state -- child poverty.

Legislators say even though a child may be attending school physically, with daunting issues at home, they might not be there mentally. 

They attribute this to toxic stress, or fear of basic survival.  Health care professionals say this is a growing concern.

"When you bring children into school, they may attend class, but really getting them involved in that takes all of us," says Candace Hurd, Director of Nursing at Beckley Health Dept.  "If students aren't as healthy, don't feel as well, whether it's diet, education, medical care... It's a little more difficult taking in that education being provided."

Legislators will be holding their first meeting addressing concerns of children and poverty Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the old Oak Hill elementary school.  Another meeting will be held next week in Beckley at the Commission on Aging. 

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