It’s been nearly one year since West Virginia teachers first rallied at the Capitol in Charleston and across the state.
While they achieved what they were fighting for then, teachers are still fighting to fix issues they see in school.
“In West Virginia, we need the resources to help our students. We need counselors, certified teachers and school psychologists. We are lacking all of these resources for our students to get a good education,” said Jackie Shriner, an Ohio County teacher.
That’s why teachers across the state planned a “walk-in,” on Wednesday, to show solidarity following their strike in 2018. Some held signs and wore red, but all stood for lawmakers investing in education.
“We look to the legislature this year to find ways to fund our schools and put new professional in our schools to service our children,” said Jenny Craig, president of the Ohio County WVEA. “We hope to find a fix for PEIA as well. Plus, reform and funding for education that doesn’t include privatization and charters. That will take money away from our public schools.”
According to West Virginia DHHR, in order for West Virginia to bring its education standards up to where they should, it would cost more than $100 million.
Meanwhile, teacher pay raises were a great start, there’s still around 700 teacher vacancies across the state. Both of these problems need funding.
“The governor has said for about the last six months, the state is doing really well financially and there’s money out there. We’re hoping to government does what they said they’d do last year and hold true to their promises,” said Rick Marsh, an Ohio County teacher.
This walk-in was planned the same day Governor Jim justice will give his annual State of the State address.