House Passes Bill to Increase Teacher Pay, But Some Say ‘Not Enough’

Feb 13, 2018

On The Legislature Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a salary bill providing pay raises for state police, teachers, and school service personnel. But will it be enough to avert a teachers' strike amid growing frustrations over salaries, problems with the state's insurance provider and teacher vacancies? We hear from the presidents of both the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers to help answer these questions.

Senior Reporter Dave Mistich recaps debate from the House over SB 267 – the pay raise bill for teachers and others.

Host Andrea Lannom chats with the President of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers Christine Campbell and the President of the West Virginia Education Association Dale Lee on the issues surrounding teacher pay and PEIA.

Breakdown of the Interview:

  • Reaction to the debate in the House
  • Changes to the bill since it was taken up in the House
  • Debate over how much to increase in teacher pay
  • Magic number?
  • Reaction to the bill that passed out of the House from Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson.
  • PEIA freeze?

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