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WV Northern Panhandle educators say no current plans for teacher walkout


The Intelligencer of Wheeling

WHEELING, W.Va.  — Teachers in some parts of West Virginia are walking out of their classrooms to protest a proposed 1 percent pay raise, but such sentiment isn’t yet being raised in the Northern Panhandle, according to local educators.

Officials in Hancock, Ohio, Marshall and Tyler county school districts all indicated this week that teachers in these counties have not served any notice of a potential walkout. Officials in Brooke and Wetzel counties did not immediately return calls for comment.

Technically, public employees in West Virginia cannot legally strike.

At issue is the 1 percent pay raise for teachers and all state employees proposed by Gov. Jim Justice, which many teachers feel just isn’t enough to retain top educators in West Virginia. At an average wage of about $40,000 a year, that amounts to about $400 annually for the teacher.

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