West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling a special legislative session to address teacher pay raises and other education issues.
The governor asked lawmakers to go out and seek input from teachers, parents and others so that when they return to Charleston, “they will be ready to tackle the issues and get it done.” The statement did not specify when lawmakers would return.
Justice last fall requested a 5 percent pay raise for teachers and other state workers. The House of Delegates has passed a measure dealing solely with those raises but the state Senate has not.
The governor said the pay raise funding will be included in the upcoming state budget as an unappropriated expense.
A version of this article appeared in the March 13, 2019 edition of Education Week as West Virginia Gov. Calls Special Session to Address Teacher Pay, Ed. Issues