West Virginia teachers return to Capitol steps for rally

By JAKE JARVIS

NCWV Media

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The unions for teachers and school service personnel held several unity rallies across the state Sunday afternoon, hoping to reignite the passion seen during last spring’s strike.

At the Charleston rally, held on the steps of the Capitol building, teachers hoped to send lawmakers one message — “We’re back.”

“So here we are, still, watching our colleagues or our mentors leave this state or leave this profession,” said Christine Campbell, president of the state’s branch of the American Federation of Teachers. “We continue to see more children coming to school hungry, without enough care and support to meet their needs. As public servants, we endlessly endure these constant changes, increasing mandates and our voices being ignored by politicians who have no idea what we do every single day.”

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