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Local Teachers Continue Picket


Dale Lee (WVEA); Joe White (WV School Service Personnel Association); Christine Campbell (AFT-WV)


Nancy Peyton of The Logan Banner reports teachers and service personnel were out across the county during the second day of the statewide walkout.

Schools in all 55 counties were closed Thursday and Friday, and union representatives announced Friday that teachers would walk out again on Monday. Each county’s superintendent will make the determination on whether or not to cancel school.

“It is clear that education employees are not satisfied with the inaction of legislative leadership or the governor to date,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, during a press conference Friday. “Education employees have not seen appropriate progress on issues vital to teachers, professional personnel and service personnel, and that is why they are still here. We continue to await legislative action to satisfy the needs of education employees so they may return to the schools and continue to provide quality education to the children of our state. Our members have spoken and the Legislature has not. As a result, the education employees are not prepared to go back to work yet.”