January 2021

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January 5, 2021

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

January 5, 2020

Gov. Jim Justice said West Virginia will prioritize vaccinations for school teachers and staff with a goal of resuming classroom learning by Jan. 19, but teachers union leaders are questioning whether the plan is realistic and safe.

Justice said his staff would have additional discussions today, and a schedule for school-related vaccinations will be announced Tuesday.

“I was really, really hopeful...

January 6, 2021

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

January 6, 2020

Gov. Jim Justice wants to open West Virginia classrooms in two weeks even as coronavirus spreads, but teachers unions are pushing back with a focus on local school systems.

“We’re working with our locals so that each county can come up with a plan to modify whatever fits their county,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association. “Each county has the responsibility.”


January 7, 2021

January 7, 2021

A showdown of sorts is looming between public school teachers and Gov. Jim Justice after his announcement that all elementary and middle schools in West Virginia will resume in-person classes by Jan. 19, regardless of COVID-19 risk metrics.

When he made the announcement...

January 15, 2021

Charleston Gazette-Mail

January 15, 2021

Applications are open to nominate West Virginia teachers for environmental leadership awards.

The deadline for the 2021 Make It Shine Environmental Teacher of the Year awards is Feb. 14. The awards are given by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan.

Winners chosen on the elementary, middle and high school levels will receive a $500 personal...

January 19, 2021

By Joshua Weishart, 100 Days in Appalachia

January 19, 2021

Defending plans to reopen schools at the deadliest, most infectious period of this pandemic yet, some officials have invoked the right to education in their state constitutions.

A West Virginia Department of Education spokesperson recently...

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) today filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) and an injunction in response to the State Board’s unilateral decision to re-open schools.

The State Board and Monongalia and Kanawha counties were named in the legal filing, which sites health and safety conditions and demands locals have the choice to work remotely until everyone is vaccinated.

WVEA President Dale Lee...

January 22, 2021

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

January 22, 2021

Three West Virginia counties that were holdouts on state guidance to return to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic have changed their plans.

Marion, Taylor and Gilmer counties were the last three considered out of compliance with a state requirement to end remote instruction in most cases. Under state pressure, though, each county’s board met over the last couple of days to agree on change.


January 26, 2021

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

January 26, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia 2021 Teacher of the Year Erin Anderson says some people have told her they feel sorry for her because she’s received a top honor during a pandemic but she says she believes it’s the perfect time to represent teachers.

Anderson, a fifth grade teacher at Tennerton Elementary School in Upshur County, was in Charleston Monday to pick-up the Toyota Rav4 she’ll have use of during...

January 26, 2021


CHARLESTON – Judge Carrie Webster denied the temporary restraining order (TRO) filed by the West Virginia Education Association. Citing safety concerns, the need for vaccinations and the potential harm to students, educators and their families, WVEA filed the TRO and an injunction in response to the unilateral decision to re-open schools. WVEA’s TRO was consolidated with a similar case filed by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Judge Webster noted this is...

January 29, 2021

Public school employees are angry by the announced changes in the vaccine rollout by the Joint Interagency Taskforce for Vaccine Distribution. The state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Plan categorizes school employees as essential workers and are prioritized as such.  The following statement can be attributed to WVEA President Dale Lee.

“The state has broken its promise in prioritizing public school employees in the vaccination rollout by stopping delivery of vaccines to...