Teachers voice their concerns to Legislators


Teachers throughout the Mountain State still aren’t happy with potential PEIA changes, and the 1% raise proposed to them.

At John Marshall High School those who wanted to be heard had a chance to speak with delegates at a town hall meeting Saturday.

The teachers had the opportunity to submit questions for any of the legislators to answer. In attendance were representatives Erikka Storch, Shawn Fluharty and Mike Ferro, among others.

They touched on topics from seniority to potential charter schools coming in. But one of the main topics was insurance premiums going up, without a sufficient raise.

“If it cost you $450 more dollars in premiums, and you get a raise of $300 that’s a net-loss of $150,” said Delegate Ferro. “Again, I’m just making up broad numbers, but it is, it’s a loss.”

Also discussed were rumors of votes in the Senate for a 3% increase instead.

“The 3% it was an amendment which was largely blown out of proportion because, unfortunately, without funding it’s not really responsible to vote to increase pay without having funding to dedicate,” Delegate Storch said. “So, that’s kind of the challenges.”

7News reporter Paige Madden was the moderator for Saturday’s event.

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