As the West Virginia Teachers' Strike Continues, Students Feel Its Effects
00:47, Mar 7, 2018
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Dale Lee, the president of the West Virginia Education Association, one of the state teachers' unions, said the pay raise was probably sufficient to get teachers back to the classroom.
He explained while State Police, public school teachers and school service employees are specifically addressed in HB 4145, the House has committed to working with the Senate to cut the size of government and extending the raises to all state employees through the general revenue fund budget.
Amid a lot of procedural missteps on Saturday night, the Senate narrowly passed a raise - but in the amount of 4 percent, not the 5 percent passed by the House. The House wouldn't agree to the Senate's move, sending the bill to the conference committee.
INSKEEP: The 19 members, the majority of the Senate that turned aside that deal. "You can't make this stuff up".
Rather than apply additional pressure to the strikers, county school boards across the state have taken steps to cushion any financial blow that might come to teachers due to their participation in the protests.
The West Virginia Senate has voted unanimously to approve a 5-percent pay raise for all public employees.
"It is time to get our kids back to school, and the only group standing in the way is Senate Republicans", Manchin said in a statement.
The closed schools affect almost 270,000 students and 35,000 employees.
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But getting the Senate on board was never a done deal. "If we had PEIA, one or two of us might have a tombstone that reads 'sponsored by PEIA and your West Virginia Legislative Branch'".
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Alito Jr., focused on the idea that requiring the fees forces employees who disagree with the union to subsidize its activities. According to the Department of Labor, 20 percent of the workforce in the state are union members.
"When we knew we were going on strike we upped our game", Vannest said.
"He said while he believes teachers are underpaid, several sects of employees at the Capitol and beyond have gone longer than teachers have without a raise", the newspaper reports.
After a six-member conference committee agreed Tuesday to the new proposal, the House of Delegates subsequently passed 5 percent raises for teachers, school service personnel and state troopers on a 99-0 vote.
INSKEEP: With a 5 percent raise, you're still going to be lower than surrounding states, aren't you?
Stafford, a Charleston seventh-grader, said that since the strike began, he's attended sleepovers and played Xbox games. Watch for more details here and on the air as they develop.
Despite average spending of more than $12,200 a year per pupil, just shy of the median level for all states, West Virginia public school teachers had a statewide median annual salary of about $45,700 for the 2016-17 school year, the fourth lowest in the nation. Massachusetts, with the third-highest public school teacher salaries (behind NY and California) spends the second-lowest share of its state budget on education (behind New Hampshire).
"There will be some action on April 2, and what that action is, is really dependent on what the legislature does between now and then", Priest said.
"This is very positive", said Tina Workman, a second-grade teacher from Midland Trail Elementary in Kanawha County who has been at the Capitol each day with other striking teachers.
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