TEacher Protest on Pensions

Kara Lofton/WVPB

When Oklahoma teacher Sally Salmons saw momentum building toward teacher protests in her state, she immediately reached out to family ties and educators in West Virginia. She said teacher walkouts in the Mountain State provided her and colleagues across the state with the courage they needed to take a stand.

“We looked at West Virginia and said, ‘Now’s the time to get on it.’ I think it gave us confidence to really, finally cross that line,” she said.

Stu Johnson

The 2018 general assembly opened with a rallying cry from teachers, concerned about proposed pension changes. Prominent federal and state politicians spoke at the capitol rotunda Tuesday.

The Stand Up for Education rally found Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth and Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes urging attendees to vote, register to vote, and file to run for the legislature.