June 2021

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June 4, 2021

CHARLESTON – Five local educators have been elected to the West Virginia Education Association Executive Committee.

Four members were elected to member-at-large positions on the executive committee, which is the governing board for the statewide association. They are:

  • John Quesenberry, a history teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Raleigh County.
  • Hillary O’Dell, a science teacher at Richwood High School in Nicholas County.
  • Angela...
June 4, 2021

A coalition of advocacy organizations representing West Virginia workers filed lawsuits to block retaliatory legislation that eliminates the right of union members to pay their dues through payroll deduction. The law, HB 2009, also prohibits employee sponsored insurance, cancer insurance, memorial funds or charitable and scholarship contributions to be paid for through payroll deduction. It is set to take effect June 17.

Filing lawsuits are organizations representing tens of thousands...

June 11, 2021

West Virginia’s public schools are set to receive over $760 million dollars in federal funding to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says he knows where those funds should go first. This money from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides an incredible opportunity for county school systems to make lasting changes that benefit our students and educators. This is a chance for educators to get creative with classroom...

June 11, 2021

Teacher retention and supporting the learning needs of both students and educators.  Those should be the priorities West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) President Dale Lee told West Virginia Board of Education (BOE) members at their latest meeting.

Lee shared the importance of teacher retention – of attracting and retaining qualified educators to teach students. After such a difficult year, he said the focus must now be on the social and emotional learning of our educators and...

June 14, 2021

Judge grants restraining order; WVEA vows to continue fight for rights 

CHARLESTON –  Judge Tera L. Salango on June 14 granted the temporary restraining order (TRO) filed by a dozen West Virginia labor organizations, blocking HB 2009 from going into effect. As passed by the 2021 Legislature, HB 2009 eliminates the right of union members to pay dues through payroll deduction.

“The judge make it clear the purpose of HB 2009 and...

June 17, 2021

(*Editor’s Note: WVEA believes charter school companies should work within the current framework to establish a charter school and that charter schools should not take money from existing classrooms and rob our teachers and students of resources.)

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

June 17, 2021

The state Supreme Court has ruled against a charter school’s challenge to its rejection in Monongalia and Preston counties.

Justices issued a memorandum...