The West Virginia Senate Education Committee is proposing a sweeping $1,000 pay raise for teachers.
The bill originally proposed a 2 percent raise.
Committee Chair Bob Plymale says they hope the raise will begin to attract highly qualified teachers.
He says many teachers across the state are nearing retirement and the committee wants to compete for new teachers nationally.
While the committee doesn't feel an across-the-board raise of $1,000 is competitive enough, Plymale says it's a start.
The bill also sets a goal of raising the minimum salary for entry-level teacher to $43,000 by 2019. The minimum salary is currently $27,917.
The bill taken up on Thursday does grant around a 2 percent raise to service personnel. The proposal has been sent to the finance committee.