Statewide educator walkout continues Monday


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVNS) UPDATE: 2/23/18 @ 4:10 P.M. Leaders from West Virginia Educators Association, American Federation of Teachers and West Virginia School Service Personnel Association said the work stoppage will continue. Schools across West Virginia will be closed Monday.

Officials from WVEA and AFT held a news conference at the State Capitol on Friday to discuss the statewide teacher walkout. 

Officials said the walkout will continue into Monday, Feb. 26. President of WVEA, Dale Lee, said the decision to close will be up to the county’s school superintendent. 

AFT President Christine Campbell said the educator’s and service personnel unions want to see effort from state lawmakers in bettering teacher pay and permanently fix rising PEIA costs.

“We have to see some type of commitment to the type of issues that we’ve all been talking about,” Campbell said. “We know there is a process. We know there is an end date for the legislative session and we know there’s an end date to the school year. The point is, we want to see a commitment from this legislature to address these issues.”

Leaders with both teacher unions and service personnel union said they are still in talks with state lawmakers and Gov. Jim Justice.


ORIGINAL STORY: Teachers all over the state will hold a walkout on Thursday and Friday this week. 

The teachers made the decision to stage the walkout and made the announcement Saturday afternoon at a rally held on the steps of the Capitol. 

The American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia and the West Virginia Education Association were there to give their full support for educators. 

Schools in all 55 counties across West Virginia will be closed Feb. 22 and 23. 

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