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Local Legislators Support Raises, Small Business Help

January 9, 2014

WHEELING — Citing higher average public school teacher salaries in neighboring states, West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler and fellow Northern Panhandle Democrats support Gov....

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Jan-09-14 10:47 PM

According to the National Education Association, the average starting salary for WV teachers was higher than the avg. starting salary for teachers in 15 other states (including North Carolina and Colorado).

Teachers with no experience started the 2012-2013 school year with salaries of $28,698, not to mention benefits, pensions, nights, weekends, holidays and summers off.

If you earn $30,000 in West Virginia, you will have the same standard of living as someone living in New York City and earning about $66,000.

The average teacher starts at $44,730 in New York SO WV teachers earn 36% less to start, their cost of living is 54% lower.

Do they really have it so bad?

If WV teachers are in such demand elsewhere-LET THEM QUIT. See how many actually move out of state, where teaching jobs are very hard to come by.

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Jan-09-14 10:38 PM

thewoods, Teachers get incremental raises for 35 years. google: West Virginia teacher salary schedule.

Welcome to the no spin zone. LOL

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Jan-09-14 9:39 PM

Clarification. Teachers in years 1-20 get incremental pay increases. After that they wait for across the board pay increases granted through legislative action or county increases from the county level budget. There are many very good teachers with more than 20 years who don't see pay increases for years. Also, have you looked around at kids? No teacher has it "too good" and yes the wave of new teachers has already begun. I hope we get the best and the brightest.

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Jan-09-14 9:14 PM

I'm so sick and tired of hearing that same ole lame excuse of "neighboring states" paying more!!

They have use this lame excuse for decades!!!!

West Virginia will NEVER be able to compete with Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia!!!!

And BECAUSE of these constant and UNearned raises, TAXES have continued to rise and residents have continued to LEAVE the state and NEVER look back!!!!!!

And if you call yourself a teacher and all you are concerned with is how much you can make, then you are NOT a teacher anyway!!!!

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Jan-09-14 2:33 PM

Should be RAISE. Sorry-product of WV education.

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Jan-09-14 2:32 PM

Give them what they deserve, their yearly raine only.

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Jan-09-14 9:54 AM

Ferns's father is a Democrat. Donated thousands to Manchin's campaign. Ohio County's Commissioners are also Democrat donors. Birds of a feather.

Please continue to point out Democrat cronyism and kickbacks. Every fact helps.

opensecrets. org

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Jan-09-14 9:27 AM


Delegate Ferns calls on Tomblin to support small businesses. Has he forgotten what Tomblin did for his father's "small business"? Awarding Fern's father an unheard of sweetheart contract amounting to a 15 year state lease that will pay for his recently acquired building. A building the "brilliant" Ohio County Commission purchased for 3 million dollars and sold it to Mr. Ferns for 1 million.

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Jan-09-14 8:34 AM

and the next time that this state says it is broke we'll all know the truth.

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Jan-09-14 8:14 AM

Why would any politician come out and say he does not support pay raises for teachers. The point will be handled when they don't get any more than the average percentage bump. Of course no politician would say that while pay is not the same as in other states, the test scores are not the same either. Nope. No one is going to say that during Empty Speech Day. So we are going to have pay raises for teachers, build new roads ,create new jobs and then we are going to have tax cuts. Really, as a people we should be insulted that some greasy haired tanning bed political production like Earl Ray can stand in front of us and just tell us how stupid he thinks we are. Are we that stupid? Maybe we are. No one demands results from him or from others, including teachers. The problem in education may be that teachers have it so good they won't retire, let the next wave of educators come in, connect to students and make change. Earl Rays Used Cars sales pitch is not going to say that!

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Jan-09-14 8:09 AM


10,000 construction jobs? Explain to your constituents the relationship between "improving our education system and securing a Cracker plant?"

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Jan-09-14 7:06 AM

What evidence do these political peeps have that the "best and brightest" teachers have left or will leave because of the money? The population is shrinking everywhere in WV except the Eastern Panhandle. Answer: they have no clue what they are talking about!

BTW, teachers get automatic raises every year.....

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