Charleston, WV - After a second round of mediation today between the affected parties, a tentative agreement has been reached to settle a dispute regarding wages and benefits of school employees in Boone County. The case stems from the Boone County Board of Education’s decision to eliminate the county salary supplement for teachers and service personnel in 2016.
Representatives of all parties are currently finalizing terms of the agreement, which then must be universally approved. The details of the settlement will be addressed by the Boone County Board of Education on or before February 3
UPDATE: Due to comments from educators and the public, the state superintendent has indicated that he will recommend keeping the graduation credits the same. However, comments are still needed regarding the proposed change in the definition of a lesson plan.
At its December meeting, the WV Board of Education voted to put revisions to Policy 2510 on public comment. The Board has proposed changing the graduation requirements for social studies credits. The policy would change the number of social studies credits required for graduation from 4 to 3 and allow students to instead take other
In West Virginia, school employees do not have collective bargaining rights. Your rights can change or be completely eliminated during a legislative session. AFT-WV monitors policies and lobbies at the legislature on behalf of all school employees. The number of members we have and member activism is what gives us strength, and the strength of our union is what gives us the power to protect your rights, and advocate for the profession and public education.
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These are a few of the things controlled by state law and/or state board policy:
During the union’s Constitutional Convention held in Charleston, longtime AFT-Kanawha leader Fred Albert was elected president of AFT-West Virginia.
A 29-year veteran of the profession, Albert taught math at DuPont Middle School in Kanawha County before being elected president of the union.
He is a highly decorated educator, earning numerous accolades over the years. He was named the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Middle School Math Teacher of the Year for 2018, Kanawha County Teacher of the Year for 2016 and was one of the six finalists for the state Teacher of the Year
The PEIA Finance Board has released its Proposed Plan for the next fiscal year. Below is a synopsis of the plan. While plan changes appear minimal, AFT-WV is analyzing these proposals and will address any concerns at the public hearings.
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