West Virginia teachers have the second lowest pay in the country.
Only Mississippi pays teachers less.
So, when Democrats in West Virginia moved to consider a bill giving teachers a raise, Republicans were quick to defeat it.
As the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports, “In a 15-17 vote during special session Monday, West Virginia senators rejected a motion to consider a bill that would give teachers 5 percent pay raises.
Upon introduction of the bill, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R- Jackson, attempted to send it to committee for further review. But Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, D- Marion, moved to consider the bill Monday, instead.
On a mostly party-line vote, Republicans voted against the motion, while Democrats voted for it.
Republican Senators Bill Hamilton, R- Upshur, and Kenny Mann, R- Monroe, voted with the Democrats.”
To make matters worse, public teachers in West Virginia are banned by law from going on strike. So if they want higher pay – and what teacher wouldn’t in the second lowest paying state in the country – then they are at the mercy of a legislature that is controlled by Republicans. Is it any wonder that they are paid so little?