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West Virginia Teachers Strike, Again

February 19, 2019

Roughly one year ago, from February 23 to March 09, 2018, West Virginia teachers went on strike.

On February 19, 2019, they did so again, in response to legislation that would create charter schools in West Virginia and allow taxpayer money to be diverted to private schools via “education savings accounts.”

The contentious WV ed bill passed the WV senate on February 18, 2019. However, on February 19, 2019— day one of the 2019 strike– the WV house decided to table the bill indefinitely.

Even so, WV teachers and school support workers decided to strike for a second day, on February 20, 2019. In short, stakeholders just don’t trust their politicians. From the February 19, 2019, Associated Press (AP):

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers will remain on strike for a second day despite a move by the House of Delegates to effectively kill a complex education bill that had sent them to the picket lines.

The leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel made the announcement Tuesday night that the walkout will continue Wednesday.

Earlier, the Republican-led House voted 53-45 to indefinitely table the bill that the unions oppose. That means the bill won’t go to the next step: a committee of Senate and House members who would try to come up with a compromise.

Without being specific, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said the unions believe there’s still a small chance there could be further developments with the legislation.

Joe White, executive director of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, said that based on a conference call with union members, “the trust is not there.”

Charter schools and education savings accounts divert public money from the state’s public school system.

We’ll see if two days does it.

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2 Comments
  1. Bonnie Hickman permalink

    We have the Legislature of AZ who just passed the first step on fining teachers $5000 for “indoctrinating” students with no clear definition of what this constitutes. BUT WAIT.. THERE’S MORE…today they announced that they want teachers to pay $250 to have a DNA swab done.

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