By CAITY COYNE
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Educators in several Southern West Virginia counties won’t show up to school today. Instead, many will travel to the Capitol in an attempt to send a message to legislators as part of a walkout, according to local union leaders and school officials.
Schools will be closed in at least Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties for the work stoppage, according to statements from the respective county leaders of the West Virginia Education Association.
“This shows the anger that is out there,” said Dale Lee, president of the WVEA. “It’s not a new anger — it’s built up, for years.”
Hundreds of teachers could show up at the Capitol to fight for wages, Public Employee Insurance Agency benefits and a halt to bills teachers consider harmful to their education system, Lee said.
“I know they’re still up there trying to work out a deal but it’s still not enough,” said Brandon Wolford, president of Mingo County’s chapter of the WVEA and a K-8 special education teacher at Burch Elementary. “We want higher wages, we want PEIA fully funded, and we want all the bills considering elimination of seniority stopped.”
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