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 working together to bring closure to the salary issue. The issues of salary and benefits for employees are foundational to having great public schools in our state.
“We must continue to make strides in those areas if we are to attract the best and brightest into the profession and to allow us to retain our highly qualified employees. Teachers working conditions are students learning conditions and we must continue to make them better for everyone involved.
“I also want to give a big “Thank You” to our students, parents, county superintendents, citizens and our business community. Your support to the education employees in your communities was unwavering and greatly appreciated. We can’t thank them enough for the outpouring of support they provided our educators over the past two weeks.
“After consulting with our local leaders this evening, they have agreed that the work action is over and our schools will reopen tomorrow.”
WVEA is the largest teacher organization in the state and is the state affiliate of the 3-million-member National Education Association (NEA). WVEA represents teachers, education support professionals, higher education professionals and classified staff, retirees and college students pursuing a career in education