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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s first charter school opened Tuesday, three decades after the first of these publicly funded, privately run institutions opened in Minnesota.

In a block building behind a bowling alley and strip mall, in the shadow of the closed Mylan Pharmaceuticals plant, uniformed children sat in classrooms as their backpacks dangled from hooks in the hall.

Ryan Quinn covers education for HD Media. He can be reached at 304-348-1254 or ryan.quinn@hdmediallc.com. Follow @RyanEQuinn on Twitter.

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