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CHARLESTON, W.VA.The following remarks were made by WVEA President Dale Lee to the State Board of Education at their meeting on Wednesday, October 13 regarding COVID and a shortage of education employees.

Lee expressed concern to the Board that our educators are seeing a big jump in the number of students testing positive for COVID. “There is a real concern and fear in our schools for students, education employees, and their families,” Lee said.



WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia NAACP President Owens Brown has been appointed to the state Senate from the 1st District, Gov. Jim Justice announced. The district covers Brooke, Hancock, Ohio and part of Marshall.

Brown, 69, of Wheeling, is the first African American serving in the West Virginia Senate in over 30 years, and the first African American man ever to serve in the state Senate, according to Justice.

"I congratulate him beyond belief. He will do an incredible job, I...


PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. − During Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, the controversial mask policy was addressed but only by public speakers.

“I think that I’m speaking on behalf of the parents, educators, students and the families of Putnam County and I say that because of the number of calls I received from parents and from educators across about concern for their students,” said WVEA President Dale Lee.

“When you have a policy that will say over 300...


KINGWOOD, W.VA. – Preston County Schools isn’t alone in struggling to fill teaching positions.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee, said there were more than 500 unfilled teaching positions posted statewide the most recent time he checked.



CHARLESTON, W.Va. − WVEA is disappointed with the latest efforts by the Putnam County Board of Education to ensure the health and safety of students and employees.

“We believe the actions of the Putnam Board of Education this morning are a clear violation of the rules established by the DHHR regarding the reporting of COVID cases and the subsequent implementation of control measures,” states WVEA...