For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2018
Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrat.com
WVDP Chairwoman Belinda Biafore released the following statement in response to Governor Justice’s morning press conference:
“When it comes to education in West Virginia the records show you just can’t trust Republicans. During the legislative session, Republican leadership obstructed progress every time Democrats stood up with a solution for significant pay raises and a way to fund and fix PEIA. Now here they are standing up today taking credit for what teachers, school service personnel and state employees accomplished by standing up for what they deserve.
Governor Justice and Republican leadership clearly lied to West Virginia about the money available for the future of PEIA and the education system and kept our teachers and students out of the classroom for 10 days.
What kind of fix is this? One time? I truly hope for our teachers, school service personnel, and state workers that this is sincere, but after what we’ve seen from Governor Justice and Republican leadership this reeks of a political stunt to get through November because they are scared of losing their seats.
It shouldn’t have taken teachers being out of the classroom for 10 days to get a pay raise and it shouldn’t take an election year for Republicans to put effort towards PEIA.”