W.Va. Senate refuses to immediately take up teacher raises

CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO WEDNESDAY - Teachers and school personnel, on the second day of a statewide strike, demonstrate outside the House of Delegates chamber, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. West Virginia public school teachers are striking for a second day even though legislation they loathed was tabled in the House of Delegates. Schools in 54 of the state's 55 counties were closed Wednesday. The lone holdout again was Putnam County. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has decided not to immediately consider a bill to raise pay for teachers, school service workers and state police.
The Republican-led Senate on Saturday rejected a motion to take up the bill that the House of Delegates passed Friday.
Instead, the Senate referred the bill to its education committee and then the finance committee with two weeks left in the regular session.
Gov. Jim Justice asked the Senate to pass the bill “as soon as possible.” Justice requested the raises last fall.
Earlier this week, the House tabled a separate, broad-based education bill that included the raises and other components, such as establishing charter schools and private school education savings accounts.
Teachers unions went on strike over the complex bill Tuesday. Members returned to classrooms Thursday.