According to Bradley, then-Gov. Gaston Caperton had reneged on the promise of a 5 percent pay raise and fully covering the cost of health insurance of the teachers who were 49th in pay. Bradley quoted the governor as saying, “On the issue of teacher compensation, there isn’t a whole lot of dispute between teachers and this office,” he said. “We agree that they are paid too little, period. But it’s another thing to find the money to make a difference.”
It is now 28 years later and the issues haven’t changed. The state of West Virginia is still 48th or 49th in teacher pay depending on the source. The average pay in West Virginia is $45,000 which is misleading when the base pay is $33,000. Most teachers can work close to 20 years and not even reach average pay.