Yesterday morning the West Virginia Senate joined the House of Representatives in agreeing to a 5 percent raise for the state’s teachers, support staff, bus drivers and West Virginia state troopers. School reopens today. This is a good thing for the state’s children and for the state’s teachers. The downside is that the salary increases will come at the expense of $20 million in cuts to general services and Medicaid.
I keep thinking about watching West Virginia’s teachers on the picket line.
Did you notice how many teachers were involved in the strike? Twenty-thousand of them, according to the papers. The masses of teachers in red t-shirts seemed overwhelming. The system of public education is enormous even in a relatively small state. So many lives were affected by the strike!
Did you notice that addressing the strike was so essential that the Governor and Legislature really had no choice but…