WASHINGTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - West Virginia Senate Republicans should end an 8-day-old statewide teacher walkout and get educators and students back to school.
That's the opinion of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.
“It is time to get our kids back to school, and the only group standing in the way is Senate Republicans," the West Virginia Democrat says.
"Everyone else agrees on the deal to re-open our schools – a bipartisan coalition of educators, parents, Democrat and Republican House legislators, and the governor. But for some reason, Senate Republicans are choosing to keep our schools closed and kids at home over one percent."
Schools have been closed since Feb. 22 because of the walkout over salary and benefit concerns.
"West Virginia families deserve better. When I visited with educators two weeks ago at the state capitol, they told me they want to be back in their classrooms.
“I’ve seen this dysfunction in Washington. Sadly, just like in Washington, it looks like political gamesmanship is winning the day and preventing a bipartisan compromise led by the governor to help our educators and public employees, fix our PEIA system and get students learning again from becoming law."