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A message from AFT-WV President Fred Albert

Dear Member,

Spring is a very busy time for educators, and I know everyone is also feeling anxious about the upcoming special legislative session.  I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you what we know, what it is still uncertain and some of the strategic activities and actions that will be taking place in the coming weeks.

OMNIBUS 2.0: UPDATE And ACTION NEEDED

Senate Session Update:

On Monday, the West Virginia Senate passed another omnibus education bill that would, among many other things, legalize charter schools, prohibit county superintendents from closing schools in anticipation of strikes and implement punitive measures toward striking teachers and service personnel.

The measure passed on a 18-15 vote, with all Democrats present voting no, and Sens. Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, and Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, also voting no. Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, was absent.

Omnibus 2.0 Update

On Monday, the Senate passed SB 1039, titled the “Student Success Act” but more commonly known as Omnibus 2.0. The omnibus bill, similar to its predecessor SB 451 that was defeated earlier this year, contains a wide variety of helpful and harmful provisions for public schools.

Major provisions of Omnibus 2.0 include:

Press release


Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT-West Virginia President Fred Albert on the Defeat of Key Provisions in W.Va. Omnibus Education Bill

JOB POSTING

JOB POSTING

 

POSITION:  STAFF REPRESENTATIVE / AFT-WV PEG PROJECT

 

Posting Date:  August 1, 2019

 

Salary:  Competitive with benefits

 

Benefits:

 

  • Paid Vacation
  • Travel Expenses
  • Sick Leave
  • Retirement
  • Dental/Vision/Medical/Life Insurance

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

WVDE Listening Tours

The WVBE plans to continue the work of the West Virginia’s Education Voice tour that the WVDE held last spring and host six additional meetings during the month of October. The purpose of this continued outreach effort is to provide an opportunity for members of the public to inform the work, processes and policies of the WVBE that support high-quality learning. The meetings will consist of discussions facilitated by WVDE staff and external stakeholders.