EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWVEA Calls For Competitive WV Teacher Salaries
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Reported: Sep. 23, 2013 2:49 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 24, 2013 9:15 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia's largest teachers union is calling for higher pay that is competitive with surrounding states.
The West Virginia Education Association launched its competitive salary campaign during a news conference on Monday.
West Virginia's average teacher salary is about $45,000, which ranks 48th in the nation. The national average is about $55,000.
WVEA President Dale Lee said the state needs to be competitive with its surrounding states, all of which have larger average salaries for their teachers.
Those average salaries range from nearly $49,000 in Virginia to about $64,000 in Pennsylvania. Lee declined to specify, however, what the union believes would be a competitive salary.
Lee also didn't specify where the state would get the money for raises. Every $1,000 salary increase would cost the state about $26.4 million.
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