Rather than recognize the importance of education and the very real needs of teachers, they try to demonize and sweet talk their very real and intentional disregard for the people who educate our children.
So let’s try to be inoculated against the weasel words.
Senate Minority Leader Ryan Ferns: The reality is, the plan that the Senate leadership passed, our plan results in between a 9 and 13 percent pay increase for teachers and public employees. (WVMetronews.com)
The Senate proposal is 1% for each of the next 5 years. That is based on average teacher salary which means all teachers get $404 the first year
That comes out to $404, the amount all teachers would receive, no matter how much they make or how long they have been in the system.
Most teachers are paid twice a month, so that boils down to nearly $17 extra a paycheck, or a total of $2,020 over five years.(WCHSTV.com)
Ferns tried to add the “step increases” into his figures-but those are already baked into the budget and aren’t new “raises”
Senate president Mitch Carmichael wants to continue the right wing dogma of helping big business and eventually it will trickle down
It is long past time in this state that we create a climate of growth, jobs and opportunity. So those things that are critical to the long-term success and restructuring of this economy are going to be — we have to find room for those things. We cannot eat our seed corn, so to speak. And that’s exactly what we’d be doing if we take our eye off restructuring this economy.WVMetronews.com)
First—the philosophy has been tried and proven not to work. Over and over. Around the country AND in WV.
Second—if educating our children isn’t taking care of our “seed corn”, I don’t know what is.
The most egregious and infuriating “pretense” of these GOP leaders is their attempt to care about the student.
Carmichael: The thought of teachers or union bosses inciting walkouts or strikes and leaving our students behind is deplorable. I completely reject that kind of mentality from the union bosses.WVMetronews.com)
Senator Karnes: I’m already worried about the tens of thousands of kids that today are not in school and the parents that have to deal with that.WVMetronews.com)
To be clear: rank and file around the state authorized their leadership to call for the work stoppage.
The phony attempt to demonize teachers’ elected leadership as “union bosses” is both transparent and wrong.
Senators, when you show concern for the students are you thinking about students with 700+ under qualified (or unfilled) positions?
Are you concerned about the students who see the best qualified teachers cross state lines for $10-20,000 higher pay?
Are you concerned about students who won’t get the best new teachers because they are going to places with better pay?
Are you concerned about THE STATE which lags in education to the detriment of economic development?
WV teachers have honest, truthful, and patient.
Reward those traits with more than just words—respond truthfully, professionally, and with action.