March 2018

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March 2, 2018

Teacher pay raise stalled in WV Senate
By Ryan Quinn Staff writer

A proposal for a teacher pay raise sitting in a state Senate committee may not be reviewed Friday, which could mean the West Virginia teachers' strike will continue.

A motion was made Friday afternoon to bring the pay raise bill (HB 4145) directly to the Senate floor for immediate consideration, bypassing the finance committee, but that motion was tabled by lawmakers in a 20-14 vote.

March 6, 2018

Schools to Reopen on Wednesday
WVEA Communications Staff

Below is a statement from WVEA President Dale Lee regarding the statewide work action:

“I am so proud of West Virginia’s education employees. Without them, today’s agreement would not have happened. They stood in solidarity – 55 strong -  and each day it was clear their resolve grew stronger.

“We are appreciative of Speaker Armstead, President Carmichael and Governor Justice for...

March 7, 2018

Reflections on the strike
Hoppy's Commentary | WV MetroNews

The strike by teachers and service workers that closed schools for nine days is over. Here are my takeaways:

–The five percent raise is substantial and fair.  If you count the experience increment for years one through 35, public school teachers will see about another $2,500 in their base pay starting next fiscal year.  Service workers, with their experience increment, will make around $1,400...

March 8, 2018

State superintendent recommends use of spring break for strike makeup days
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Those nine days must and will be made up,” the state superintendent of schools pledged of the school instructional time lost in West Virginia’s public schools during the statewide teacher and school service personnel strike.

School students returned to class this past Wednesday, March 7 after being off on Feb. 22...

March 12, 2018

Justice is weighing his decision on Education and the Arts
By Brad McElhinny | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has a big decision about whether to dismantle one of his own agencies.

The Legislature on Saturday passed a bill that would do away with the Department of Education and the Arts, moving its offices and programs to other state agencies.

Speaking today on MetroNews’ “Talkline,” Justice said he hasn’t yet...

March 13, 2018

Five big issues for the PEIA Task Force
By Brad McElhinny | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When the new PEIA Task Force gets under way, it has its work cut out for it.

The 29 members of the newly-created task force will be together at the crossroads of healthcare, insurance and economics.

And eventually they’ll have what could be the biggest challenge of all — agreeing with each other.

It all starts Tuesday with a tipoff...

March 14, 2018

Justice urges PEIA task force to 'shake up the world'
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kicking off the first meeting of the Task Force on PEIA Stability, Gov. Jim Justice urged the 29-member panel to “shake up the world” and find lasting solutions to control rising costs for the health plan for more than 200,000 West Virginians.

“I’m wanting you to find a solution, and not wanting it to take forever,” Justice said Tuesday in brief introductory...