Percent Teacher Pay Raise Bill Reaches House Following Senate Procedural Confusion

Percent Teacher Pay Raise Bill Reaches House Following Senate Procedural Confusion

Unger sees Craig Blair and Ryan Ferns continuing to refuse to agree to the 5 percent raise that teachers were promised.

Del. Paul Espinosa says he'll take a proposal to the House majority Republican caucus, but it's "pretty clear" that the House believes its position provides the best opportunity to resolve the situation.

West Virginia public school students won't be in their classrooms again today as a work stoppage by teachers and school service personnel enters its 12th day, making it the longest walkout ever by the state's teachers.

As Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reported, Senate President Mitch Carmichael said last week his chamber needed to take a hard look at the fiscal environment before agreeing to the salary demands.

LEE: We have announced that the strike will go on indefinitely until the Senate does what they said. The share of overall spending varies widely: New Hampshire devotes about 20 percent of total state spending to education; in Utah, it's more than double that share.

The House approved that raise.

The Governor had originally proposed a 3-percent raise for State Police.

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Most counties across the state subsequently announced classrooms will be closed Tuesday for the ninth straight day.

A state education union leader said Sunday that union leaders are "exploring all avenues" - which could include legal action - after the state Senate mistakenly passed the wrong public employee pay raise bill Saturday.

A survey previous year of 250 Oklahoma teachers who left the state found that the majority of teachers left due to the low pay. West Virginia teacher pay ranks among the lowest in the nation. People who've heard about the West Virginia teachers strike are no doubt aware that teachers' salaries in West Virginia are relatively low. He planned a news conference later Tuesday. The Senate approved a raise of 4 percent over the weekend that would save $17 million in the Appalachian state's budget.

The state's House of Delegates, which has already passed the bill, must now get together with its Senate brethren to iron out slight differences to the legislation before it goes to Gov. Jim Justice for his signature. A conference committee of both the state House and Senate has yet to address two different bills aimed at ending the strike.

Yesterday, while the eyes of West Virginia voters were focused on striking teachers and an increasingly baffling series of events on that front, the House of Delegates quietly passed the committee substitute for Senate Joint Resolution 12: "No Constitutional right to abortion - Amendment". Robert Plymale, D-Wayne. They don't care. But most West Virginians do care - they want the best possible teachers for their kids. Over 270,000 students have been affected, according to the latest enrollment figures from the state Education Department. "They're taking a big risk and they're putting themselves out there and fighting for the future of our state, which are these children", Vasale said.

Messina says he didn't know how many people were turned away, but the lines still stretched around the Capitol by early afternoon.

All strikes by public employees are illegal in West Virginia, one of 28 states with "right to work" laws allowing employees in unionized workplaces to opt out of union dues. The strike is now in its second week after teachers in all 55 counties walked out on February 22, arguing that a gradual 2 percent pay raise recently signed by the governor was too paltry to make up for cost-of-living increases.

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