CHARLESTON, WVA. — West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine released the following statement Tuesday about the statewide teacher strike:
“Based on the action taken today by the House of Delegates, SB 451 has been tabled indefinitely! Educator voices were clearly heard. I strongly encourage all county school systems to return to school tomorrow, February 20. I urge educators to respect the process and allow it to work. I understand that there is still concern over what may happen next. Both Governor Justice and many members of the legislature have shown a commitment to listening to the voice of educators and doing what is best for West Virginia students. Additionally, Governor Justice has called for the legislature to consider his stand-alone pay raise bill along with other measures to improve county finances and I am confident they will do so.”
Schools in 54 of 55 West Virginia counties closed Tuesday due to a statewide teacher strike in protest of Senate Bill 451. The teachers did a good job of pulling together and voicing their opinions. They were lined up yesterday in front of Tolsia High School and in front of the Old Fort Gay High School. Holding signs and getting lots of support and honks. While other teachers made the trip to the capital for results and results they got!