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By March 4, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Governor Justice pulling $58 million out of thin air did not convince WV teachers to end strike

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, The Gazette page: There’s a proverb that, if a cowboy says something but can’t back it up, people say he’s “all hat, no cattle.” Not sure what Jim Justice’s hat size is, but there wasn’t a cow in sight at the West Virginia Capitol on Wednesday. Instead, there were many teachers […]

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As debate of legislation continues, West Virginia schools could be out indefinitely

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer of Wheeling WHEELING — Teachers and school superintendents now are left pondering whether there will be school Monday — or any time next week — after the West Virginia Senate on Saturday night, passed out a pay raise bill dropping a proposed pay raise for public school employees from 5 percent […]

WV Gov. Justice: ‘Mistakes and differences aside – We’ve got to get our kids back to school’
By March 4, 2018 Read More →

WV Gov. Justice: ‘Mistakes and differences aside – We’ve got to get our kids back to school’

CHARLESTON, WV – “While everyone is focused on the mistakes, my focus is solely on getting our children back to school,” said Gov. Jim Justice. After the State Senate on Saturday rejected his proposal to raise the pay for teachers, school service personnel and the state police to 5 percent and reduce it to 4 percent, Gov. Jim Justice said […]

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Editorial: WV Education, alone, could use a task force, too

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: We are not sure as of this writing where legislation regarding teacher pay and benefits will end up at day’s end. A bill that would provide a 5 percent pay raise is currently parked in a Senate committee. Likewise, we don’t know what to make of a late revenue adjustment […]

By March 4, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV schools should review safety preparations, access issues

From The Herald Dispatch of Huntington: The recent school shooting in Florida quickly revived and expanded the national debate about access to guns. Student survivors have campaigned for more restricted sales of semi-automatic weapons, and many states are looking at initiatives to help keep guns out of the hands of people with mental problems. But the […]

By March 3, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Teachers standing for what they believe

From The Braxton Citizens’ News: By Ed Given Editor More on the teachers’ strike… As expected, I received mixed reviews on my thoughts expressed last week. The reception was pretty evenly split. Most that had other ideas were civil for the most part in their reply’s and I appreciate that. … … With that said, […]

By February 28, 2018 Read More →

Gazette editorial: If some WV businesses can negotiate lower electric bills, who do you think will pay the difference?

Charleston Gazette-Mail Gazette editorial Everyone wants more good jobs in West Virginia. We’re all agreed on that. But what are people willing to give up to get those jobs? And to that end, what burdens are state lawmakers willing to place on everyone else in pursuit of those jobs? Today, West Virginia may get an […]

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By February 25, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Gov. Jim Justice, where is vision on education?

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: The WV teacher walkout will stretch into a third day come Monday – and that is most unfortunate. It leaves us wondering why political leaders have kicked this can down the proverbial road for so long. It’s not as if an underfunded health insurance agency and low teacher pay suddenly […]

By February 25, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Today’s WV teachers strike is not your mom’s teacher strike

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: Has anyone else noticed a different feeling in the air leading up to this teacher strike compared to 1990? A feeling is difficult to quantify, but perhaps it started a few weeks ago as teachers sent delegations to their county school board meetings. For example, in Putnam County, after teachers and […]

By February 25, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Civilian Conservation Corps payroll is an outrage

From The Inter-Mountain of Elkins:  Public schools throughout West Virginia are closed  because of a work stoppage organized by the state’s two teachers’ unions. The strike is illegal and will affect many students and their families adversely. But it is not difficult to understand why teachers have become so frustrated with state government. Every Mountain […]