- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Legislature has voted to grant teachers a $1,000 across-the-board pay increase and 2 percent raises for service personnel.

The Senate approved House raise amounts Saturday and the bill now goes to the governor to be signed.

The bill seeks to increase starting salaries in an attempt to attract bright new teachers to fill vacancies across the state as a large number of educators reach retirement age.

In his 2015 budget proposal, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin first suggested a 2 percent raise for teachers and personnel as a step to increase the state’s minimum salary for entry-level teachers to $43,000 by 2019.

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