West Virginia's teachers unions push for a pay raise to make teachers' salaries competitive with those in surrounding states.
West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said that the state ranks 48th in the nation for teacher salaries. He said the WVEA hopes Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will include a plan in his State of the State Address on Wednesday to ensure that West Virginia can recruit and retain the best teachers.
The president of the American Federation of Teachers West Virginia branch, Christine Campbell, said young teachers are leaving the state because of the lack of competitive pay. She says another factor is a lack of help in the classroom.