March 2021

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March 9, 2021

Remember when Elmer Fudd would declare with glee that it was finally “Wabbit season?” Such is the enthusiasm that lawmakers are showing as retaliatory bills that bash educators, hurt students and rob public schools of resources sail through the West Virginia Legislature.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic barreled into our lives, our driving concern has been and continues to be the safety of our students, their families and educators. The pandemic has shown the true value of public school...

March 15, 2021

The Republican supermajority in the West Virginia Legislature is on a roll, to be sure.

They advanced a bill attempting to provide near-blanket immunity to anyone that might have a liability issue or a chance of being sued as a result of COVID-19. This was on the same day Gov. Jim Justice announced that the state had discovered 168 previously unreported deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill has been adjusted somewhat, but those who champion it as “pro-business” or...

March 19, 2021

Educating & COVID-19

The love that we have for our students is shining brighter than ever!

WVEA is made up of extraordinary education professionals like you who continually find creative and innovative ways to teach our students. Meet a few of your WVEA colleagues as they share thoughts on successfully navigating teaching during a pandemic. All are national board certified and Sherry Paull is a former teacher of the year.

March 19, 2021

The House today passed by a vote of 55-43 HB 2009 which makes it illegal to pay union dues through payroll deduction. Governor Jim Justice now has five days to either sign or veto the bill. 

“This is a blatant payback measure aimed at educators who stood together and advocated for West Virginia public schools by lawmakers who don’t understand or don’t care what’s happening in our public schools. Lawmakers are intruding into our paychecks and dictating how we spend our money....