West Virginia closes all public schools amid teacher strike — even as governor signs pay bill

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February 22, 2018

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All public schools in West Virginia were shuttered Thursday as teachers geared up to strike for better wages and health insurance options — even as Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill to raise teacher pay.

Still, dozens of teachers were gathering outside schools Thursday, ready to travel to Charleston, WV, to attend a rally outside of the capitol building, WSAZ reported.

On the eve of the impending strike, Justice, a Republican, signed a bill into law that would raise pay for teachers and state employees. The employees will receive a two percent raise in the upcoming year and a one percent raise next year, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Justice said it’s important to keep both teachers and kids in the classroom.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • WALTER FLATT says:

    NO ONE IS TELLING YOU HOW MUCH THEY ARE MAKING NOW. IF YOU TAKE A JOB FOR 1 DOLLAR A HOUR, YOU NEEDED THAT OR YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN IT. I BET THAT THEIR SALARY IS A LOT MORE THAN UNEMPLOYMENT. ANY TEACHER WALKING OFF THE JOB SHOULD BE GIVEN 24 HOURS TO RETURN OR BE FIRED AND IF THEY ARE FIRED, THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRAW UNEMPLOYMENT. ALL THEY ARE DOING IS BLEEDING THE TAX PAYER AND IF THEY DONT LIKE THEIR JOB, FIND ANOTHER. MOST TEACHERS TODAY DO NOT TEACH BECAUSE THEY DO NOT, OR CANNOT CONTROL THE STUDENTS, I SAY PAY THEM FOR THE RESULTS THE HAVE, IF YOU DID A LOT WOULD STARVE. PAY THEM ON MERIT, NOT FORCED

    1. bobnstuff says:

      Go read the full article, it tells you just how much they make and what people doing the same job on the average are paid. These teachers are college educated and can and do leave teaching and get other jobs that pay much better. Teaching once was a respected profession, to bad they aren’t being paid what they are worth.

      1. chw2000 says:

        Hey idiot, come spend a day in one of the Chicago Public Schools and then tell us all they aren’t being paid what they’re worth. You don’t know a damn thing about education. You’re an ass hole!

  • bobnstuff says:

    The raise doesn’t even cover the increase in the cost of living in a state that is 48th lowest pay. You can just feel the governments the love and respect for these teachers can’t you.

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