West Virginia, West Virginia Education Association, Los Angeles discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

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When we continue to invest in education. Our children are the winters and our children are the one who prosper from all this that. That's why it's so important what they're doing in LA and we've done all across the country. I remember talking to you last year. And we we talked about how the average pay of a West Virginia teacher was around forty five thousand dollars which was thirteen to fifteen thousand dollars lower than the national average in one of the issues that you're facing in West Virginia is that teachers just needed to drive over state lines to other states, and they'd get paid considerably more. And so there was a shortage of certified teachers in West Virginia has has that situation gotten better where we still have a shortage. It's going to take more than just a one year employee of two thousand dollars to to help that but we are seeing more rare younger teachers very interested in staying in West Virginia now, and if we continue that investment this year that should be another five percent pay raise coming in front of him. We will have moved beginning teachers salaries from thirty three thousand two over thirty seven thousand in two years, and and that will help us be competitive with their contiguous states. We're more. Concerned with their contiguous states than we are the national average because we are such a we were bordered by five different states, and they can go across the border and make more money. This makes us competitive with them. But it sounds like overall that a year after the strike from last year, the situation is improving in West Virginia. So so daily let me ask you that was the catalyst really that's sort of unleashed. This big movement across America, we saw teacher strikes, and so many other places and now the giant district in Los Angeles. I mean looking across this past year. Did you think that this is what he'd spark from what your action in West Virginia you when you make that courageous step to step out of the classroom? You don't think about the what it's going to do nationally as we've had time to reflect we are very proud of the fact that we have led the movement from West Virginia. We're look at an different light as educators in West Virginia. Now, people look at us more with with respect and admiration for what we've done, and like I said at the end of the strike with the interview with you. I would hope that other states and governments learned from this. Apparently, they haven't that that we have to continue this. When are we going to make education a top priority win? Are we going to make educating all of our children, not just a select few? But all of our children are our number one goal in this country and fund education like it should be funded. Well, daily president of the West Virginia Education Association. He helped lead last year's teachers strike in West Virginia. Speaking to us once again from Charleston today daily, thanks so much for coming back and giving us this check in on how teachers and schools are doing in West Virginia. Thanks so much. And we wanted to teachers in LA now that West Virginia fully supports them and their endeavors. Well, thanks again. Mr Lee, you know, this issue of education and supporting teachers and the myriad numbers of ways. We can support American students is a huge one so go to on point radio dot org. And let us know what you think, and when you're at our website, you can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter right there on the homepage. Where you get behind the scenes looks at what goes into making this show. You'll also get some messages from me, and my colleague David Folkenflik. And by the way on point is produced by terrific team and abou- men Brian Hartson ski Eileen Amato's. Define a Sonus Alison poli James Ross n Alex Schroeder our executive producer is Karen Shiffman. I'm making a chocolate bar eat. This is on point.

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