House Education Committee Seeks Bigger Raise for Teachers

The House Education Committee has voted to increase pay for West Virginia teachers and service personnel significantly. The amended bill increases teacher salaries $6,000 across-the-board over three years. Pay would increase $1,000 the first year, $2,000 the next, and $3,000 the third. As the bill stands, service personnel would see a $3,000 raise over three years. The bill was introduced by Delegate David Walker after he expressed concern over a proposal to give teachers a $1,500 raise. He said not including service personnel beyond the already allotted 2 percent was discriminatory. When the Senate voted on the bill last week, it granted teachers an $834 raise. Several members spoke out in opposition to the bill, calling it fiscally irresponsible. The bill will go to House Finance Committee now.