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West Virginia gov calls special session on education

March 7, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling a special legislative session to address teacher pay raises and other education issues.

Justice said in a news release Wednesday night the special session would be held after the 60-day regular session ends on Saturday.

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, state police and other state workers. The House of Delegates has passed a measure dealing solely with those raises but the state Senate has not.

“I know our legislators, education community, and the people of West Virginia want our education system to be better and believe that our employees deserve a raise, so you have my word that we will get it done,” Justice said.

The governor said the pay raise funding will be included in the upcoming state budget as an unappropriated expense.

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