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Consider W.Va. academics once you vote – Shepherdstown Chronicle

When a enterprise is on the lookout for a location for a brand new facility, one among its main issues is the general public college system within the space. Companies need an informed workforce. Companies additionally need good public faculties close by, to allow them to entice the perfect workforce potential.

It is a downside for a lot of areas of West Virginia. West Virginia’s state college system is on the backside of most rankings. U.S. Information and World Report ranks West Virginia’s faculties forty first among the many states. WalletHub has us ranked even decrease, at quantity 44.

A key to good faculties is getting, after which conserving, good academics. Pay charges are, after all, necessary. On U.S. Route 9, simply outdoors Martinsburg, there’s a billboard promoting jobs for academics in Maryland. The pay price provided on the billboard is between $66,000 and $100,000 per yr, with an extra stipend, if the instructor is board licensed. In West Virginia, a instructor with 35 years expertise and a doctorate diploma tops out simply above the underside of Maryland’s pay scale. West Virginia is just not a rich state, and can’t afford to pay competitively with that scale.

So, why would a instructor keep within the West Virginia system, when she may simply drive up the highway a bit for a giant elevate? As a result of, as West Virginia Senator Hannah Geffert has usually stated, our academics are devoted to our younger individuals.

There are lots of within the state Legislature, particularly within the Republican get together, who don’t acknowledge the dedication of our academics. As a substitute, the Republican majority acts as if there have been a plot to undermine our kids. One Republican sponsored invoice imposes further obligations on a instructor who dietary supplements fundamental texts with different supplies, together with assembly with mother and father underneath penalty of a grievance system, with out regard to a instructor’s different obligations and time constraints. Senator Geffert opposed this invoice. Her opponent within the upcoming election voted for it. Sadly, the invoice handed and is now legislation.

Republicans additionally pushed the false notion that public college college students had been being advised by their academics that they need to be ashamed of their race, due to crucial race concept. At a Senate Training Committee listening to, a witness for the instructor’s group obtained as much as refute that declare, however was lower off, due to a “lack of time.” Fortuitously, the invoice underneath dialogue didn’t go. Senator Geffert had opposed it. Her opponent within the upcoming election voted for it.

Our academics deserve our assist and our respect. Senator Hannah Geffert is aware of this. We have to preserve individuals like her within the West Virginia Senate.

Tammy Offutt, of Falling Waters

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