State Senate to vote on teacher pay raise
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Senate will vote today on a bill proposing a $1,000 pay raise for all teachers across the state.
The Senate Education Committee amended the bill to grant teachers the across-the-board raise, increasing it from a 2 percent raise.
The bill also sets a goal to increase the state's minimum salary for entry-level teachers to $43,000 by 2019.
The minimum salary in West Virginia is currently $27,917. According to the West Virginia Education Association, the state ranks 48th in the country for teacher pay.
The bill also sets around a 2 percent raise for school service personnel.
If passed by the Senate today, the bill will advance to the House.