Over the weekend, state senators proposed a four percent pay raise for teachers and state employees instead of the original five percent.
As a result, the statewide work stoppage continued due to low pay and rising insurance costs.
Teachers rallying in Marion County said they are worried elected officials are more interested in working for large corporations that fund their campaigns than their constituents.
“If the delegates truly believe that they don’t have the money for this raise, perhaps they should go from the fourth highest paid in the nation to 48, the governor from the fourteenth highest pay in the nation and the state superintendent of schools from the eighth highest paid in the nation,” said Jackie Constable, West Fairmont Middle School eighth-grade English teacher.
Teachers said they are disappointed in the senate’s disregard for parliamentary procedure, but they are thankful for the overwhelming community support.