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Education leaders say teachers need more than 1 percent pay raise proposed by governor
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia education leaders say a proposed one percent pay raise for teachers is not enough to fill the more than 700 vacancies statewide.

“We’re still 49th in the nation in pay. One percent doesn’t move us anywhere,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association following...


Coach' Justice calls for WV to win in second State of the State address
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With members of his Greenbrier East High School girls basketball team leading a cheer on the House of Delegates floor, Gov. Jim Justice in his second State of the State address Wednesday declared, “We’re on our way, let’s go get it done.”

Using whiteboards to show the six years of budget deficits projected when he took office in 2017, and the...


Lee: Lawmakers need to look at raising teacher salaries during 2018 session
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association wants to see lawmakers implement across the board teacher pay raises during the the 2018 Regular Legislative Session.

“We have to have a long range plan of action to look at teacher salaries so that we’re not continuing to have the 700+ openings across the...


Armstead supports change in constitution to elect some state school board members
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead says at least some members of the state Board of Education should be elected.

There will be a resolution introduced during the upcoming regular session that will do exactly that, Armstead (R-Kanawha) said.

“It’s such a serious area of governance and to have no...


WV Legislature likely to address teacher seniority issue
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia House Education Committee’s vice chairman expects a bill that would remove the statewide mandate that public school teachers with the least amount of seniority automatically lose their positions when job cuts are made in a particular teaching area to be considered in the impending legislative session.

Vice Chairman Joe Statler, R-Monongalia,...