MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:13:29 +0000 West Virginia teachers going on strike Tuesday http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/97ad284d2634475abaf71802135d27b2 Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on strike, they're doing it again. Unions called a statewide walkout Tuesday over education legislation that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for last year's strike. (Feb. 19) 97ad284d2634475abaf71802135d27b2 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:34:04 +0000 RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART: WCHS - MUST CREDIT WCHS, NO ACCESS CHARLESTON, WV MARKET, NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKSPART: WTRF - MUST CREDIT WTRF, NO ACCESS WHEELING MARKET, NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS WCHS: MANDATORY CREDIT WCHS, NO ACCESS CHARLESTON, WV MARKET, NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKSCharleston, West Virginia - 18 February 20191. Group of Education officials at microphoneUPSOUND: Fred Albert, President, West Virginia arm of the American Federation of Teachers:"We are left no other choice but as of tomorrow we are calling a state-wide strike of teachers."(Cheering)2. SOUNDBITE (English) Senate President Mitch Carmichael, (R) West Virginia State Senate:"Anyone that understands this current condition will want to change it. Why would anybody want to stand in the status quo and stay in the past which is what we're in right now. Senator from Jefferson to close a senator from Raleigh County." WTRF: MANDATORY CREDIT WTRF, NO ACCESS WHEELING MARKET, NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKSWheeling, West Virginia - 18 February 20193. SOUNDBITE (English) Jenny Craig, President, Ohio County, WV Education Association:"Those statistics are spun. Those statistics don't account for all of the things that our children go through on a daily basis. And two, we can raise these scores by providing smaller class sizes, increase access to mental health care."4. Craig writing5 . SOUNDBITE (English) Jenny Craig, President, Ohio County, WV Education Association:"We are fourth highest in the nation and childhood poverty. We know that two indicators of student success, two highest indicators are educational level of the parents, of the mother act especially, and the  level of poverty." STORYLINE: Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on strike that launched a national "Red4Ed" movement, they're doing it again. Unions have called a statewide walkout Tuesday over complicated education legislation that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for last year's strike. How long this one goes on will be a day-to-day decision, leaders of three unions for teachers and school service workers said at a news conference Monday. "We are left with no other choice," said Fred Albert, president of the American Federation of Teachers' West Virginia chapter. The 2018 walkout launched the national movement that included strikes in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Washington state, and more recently, Los Angeles and Denver. Teachers in Oakland, California, have authorized a strike starting Thursday. Now the movement has come full circle. Nearly all of West Virginia's 55 counties called off public school classes Tuesday. The unions have said lawmakers never asked for their insight into what has become a rushed process in the Senate, which narrowly passed an amended bill Monday night. It now goes back to the House of Delegates. One sticking point has been a provision to create the state's first charter schools, which the unions believe would erode traditional public education but bill advocates say would give parents more school choices. Charter school laws have been enacted in 43 other states and Washington, D.C. The Senate version would allow for up to seven charter schools statewide and provide for up to 1,000 education savings accounts for parents to pay for private school. The accounts would be for special needs students and those who have been bullied. The House version does not call for such savings accounts and would limit charter schools to one each in Cabell and Kanawha counties. Senate President Mitch Carmichael said the bill found a middle ground and has "great provisions." It would give teachers additional 5 percent pay raises on top of 5 percent raises they received after last year's strike. Carmichael said the bill's goal is "getting our education system out of the doldrums." "Why would anyone want to stand in the status quo and stay in the past?" he said. Ohio County Education Association President Jenny Craig disputes Carmichael's account of education in the state, pointing out issues including childhood poverty and class size. =========================================================== Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on strike, they're doing it again. Unions called a statewide walkout Tuesday over education legislation that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for last year's strike. (Feb. 19) West Virginia teachers going on strike Tuesday