West Virginia teachers skipping school to protest state pay
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Teachers in a growing number of West Virginia counties are skipping school for a day to protest the state’s pay and health insurance.
The House of Delegates passed legislation Tuesday to give teachers 2 percent raises the next fiscal year and 1 percent in the three years after that. The Senate last week approved 1 percent raises in each of the next five years.
Gov. Jim Justice said health insurance coverage for public employees will be unchanged for the next 17 months.
Media outlets report public school employees in Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne counties voted Tuesday to stay out of classes Friday. Mason County schools announced Wednesday its employees also plan to skip work Friday. Teachers in Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties held a one-day work stoppage Feb. 2.