Many of the recommendations in the Governor’s Education Efficiency Audit will likely face opposition from members of the West Virginia Education Association on any road to implementation.

WVEA President Dale Lee was in front of state lawmakers, earlier this week at the State Capitol, to detail the WVEA’s response to the Governor’s Education Efficiency Audit.

After seven public forums on the audit’s proposals last fall, Lee says it’s clear teachers want pay raises for all educators, across the board.

“Until we address salaries as a comprehensive issue, as a whole, then I don’t think we need to be tinkering with just the fringes of it,” Lee said.

The audit recommends merit pay, meaning the salary for a teacher would be determined using evaluation results that could take into account student performance.

“Per person, everyone said they don’t want to set up a system that creates a divisive atmosphere and no one has seen a merit pay system that is fair and equitable yet…..and improves student achievement,” Lee said on Wednesday’s MetroNews Talkline.

He says teachers also oppose differential pay which would allocate higher salaries to teachers who fill more in demand positions.

Lee says teachers are also rejecting a proposals that would give principals more authority to fire and hire teachers, mandate 180 days of instruction and reduce the weight of seniority in hiring decisions.

You can read the WVEA’s full response to the education efficiency audit at

Legislation, based on the audit’s recommendations, is expected to come up when the 2013 Regular Legislative Session begins at the State House on Wednesday, February 13th.

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  • LEW

    Teachers work more hours per day without overtime pay compared to workers in other professions. When parents decide to make their children complete homework assignments and behave in the classroom then pay may be tied to achievement. Many parents of low achieving students have no respect for the teachers or the school. The large majority of teachers are dedicated and very hard working. Many work extra jobs,go to graduate school,coach sports , direct band and choral programs,and tutor students in whatever spare time they have left each day. I know this to be true since i am a proud 35 year veteran teacher. We do this for the love of educating children but not for the money.

    • Woody

      Lew is 100% correct. In my county the parents have an attitude that school is not important. Their children miss more days without valid reasons and are the first to demand that all instruction stops until you talk to them about make up work. I will not talk to a student about make up work until the lesson of the day is concluded. Those that were at school yesterday should not have to wait for me to give out makeup work before starting the new lesson or project. Until education is a priority for parents - our education system will not improve. And yes 180 days of school should be held every year - and Faculty Senate should not count as one of those days. (I taught for 35 years.)

  • Jim

    Why am I not surprised at Mr. Lee's comments, it's the same old refrain, "we want more raises for teachers and we will fight against any changes to introduce merit raises or evaluations based on students progress." For decades, WV has thrown billions of dollars at education in the form of teacher pay raises, increased fringe benefits, modern facilities, training programs, blue ribbon panels, etc., etc., to no avail. JOHNNY STILL CANNOT READ! Instead of moving forward, education is in reverse!.I cannot speculate that a majority of West Virginians are fed up with the teacher's unions, but certainly thousands and thousands are and especially parents of school-age children. It takes a lot of gall to stand up and with a straight face demand more pay raises and rewards for those responsible for a failed system and again (and again) state that pay raises are the cure-all for education's ills. But, Mr. Lee has never lacked gall! I'm up to here with Mr. Lee and Ms. Hales demands! You are part of (the largest part) of the problem and not willing to be part of the solution. keep it up Mr. Lee and Ms. Hale, it is getting to the tipping point of taxpayers and parents get fed up and no amount of crying or threating of the governor or legislators will save you from the backlash from taxpayers! Pay raises and enhanced fringe benefits MUST be tied to performance and measured results--not threats!