Senate delays vote on teacher pay raise

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has postponed voting on a bill to raise all teacher salaries $1,000.

The bill was scheduled for a vote on Tuesday but has been held over until Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the Senate Education Committee amended the bill to grant teachers the across-the-board raise, increasing it from a 2 percent raise.

The bill also sets a goal to increase the state’s minimum salary for entry-level teachers to $43,000 by 2019.

The minimum salary in West Virginia is currently $27,917. According to the West Virginia Education Association, the state ranks 48th in the country for teacher pay.

The bill also sets around a 2 percent raise for school service personnel.

If passed by the Senate Wednesday, the bill will advance to the House.

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