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West Virginia Board of Education Supports Pay Increases

February 27, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education wants all public school employees to get a raise. Board members unanimously voted to support a salary increase for teachers, school service personnel and school administrators. Prior to the vote, Board members noted that West Virginia’s classroom teachers and school administrators play a vital and significant role in the education of West Virginia’s students and also acknowledged the contributions to the learning environment made by the service personnel of the West Virginia school system. “The Board recognizes teacher quality as the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, and teachers are one of the most important factors to a student’s learning and the fundamental resource of public education,” said Board President Dr. Lowell Johnson. “All public school personnel deserve to be paid for the work they do.” The Board met for a special meeting on February 23, 2006 to discuss the school personnel pay raise issue.

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