Public News Service – West Virginia’s teachers’ union warns that new proposed tax cuts will further shrink school budgets and drive more educators out of the profession. A crippling number of vacancies are straining school operations, and the number of non-certified teachers that have left their jobs has doubled since 2018, according to the state’s Department of Education.
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Dale Lee, West Virginia Education Association President, said he welcomes the governor’s 5% pay raise for state employees, but added it is not enough to reverse the worsening teacher shortage in public schools.
“We have over 1,500 classrooms across the state of West Virginia without a certified teacher in it,” Lee said. “We’re doing harm to kids. We have to address that issue.”
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