Teachers, students, and concerned parents are preparing for West Virginia’s first potential statewide teacher’s strike in 27 years.
As of Wednesday night, a teacher work stoppage is planned for Thursday and Friday.
“The kids don’t really understand what’s going on, but I think education process they will learn what’s going on. I don’t think it’ll hurt them,” said one parent involving the work stoppage.
The consensus is simple for most people: the teachers deserve their raises and parents support that fully.
One person said they believe the argument of these work stoppages hurting the students is a weak one. They tell me this will actually educate the students about how unions and the legislator work.
As for the in class learning, they’re going to make that up just with a few extra days at the end of the year.
Rick Derro is a parent at John Marshall High School and he tells me although the legislature says there’s no money, he believes it’s unacceptable we’re not paying our teachers like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“Everybody says the students are the ones who are going to suffer, but the teachers have bills to pay. Let’s come up with some money, pay them, and get it over with,” said Derro. “Everybody’s concerned about the students, lets make that big sacrifice and get the money, and get the teachers that money.”
Derro also mentioned he knew about the sports betting bill in legislation right now, and he believes if that passes it could bring more money into West Virginia’s economy which would help.
At this point, the work stoppage will take affect Thursday in all counties and, for now, Friday in some.