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West Virginia Teachers Strike Again, Appear to Score Another Victory

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20.02.2019

West Virginia school personnel earned what looks like a second major labor victory in two years on Tuesday afternoon. Hours after educators walked out on strike, House legislators voted 53 to 45 to indefinitely table SB 451, a controversial omnibus education bill that has, in most of its many iterations, tied an additional pay raise for school employees to the creation of charter schools and education savings accounts that would subsidize the costs of private education, among other provisions.

The vote is tentatively good news for teachers, but the bill may not be totally dead. In theory, someone could file a motion to reconsider tabling the bill. Education unions will hold a press conference at 7 p.m, and the House is in recess until 6 p.m. On Twitter, the West Virginia Education Association urged members to contact the 12 Republicans who voted to table the bill:

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Continue to contact the 12 Republican delegates who voted with the 41 Democrats.Thank them and urge them to stay with us should a reconsideration be called.

Those 12 Republicans are... https://t.co/yPkGpwNuvp

The West Virginia House of Delegates is in Recess until 6:00 pm. Stay tuned. It’s not over yet. #WVpol pic.twitter.com/Xp0a614P5z

At least one Republican delegate has said he doesn’t plan to file a motion to reconsider the bill:

There’s a rumor a’swirlin’ that Del. Steele voted to kill SB 451 at the last minute just to be on the winning side, to file a motion to reconsider later. He just said unequivocally that this is not true and he is not planning to file that motion

Prior to Tuesday’s vote, school employees had characterized the bill as retaliation for last year’s history-making strike, which........

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