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House Kills Omnibus Bill after One Day of Strikes

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FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WOAY) – The state House of Delegates voted to postpone the Omnibus Bill indefinitely on Tuesday.

The 53 to 45 vote effectively killed the bill, but not before teachers hit street corners to make their voice heard.

“We’re fighting for the kids,” said bus driver Bob Dickinson. “These charter schools are taking a lot of money right out of the pocket of your kids… We’re fighting more for the kids this time than ourselves.”

Teachers have opposed the controversial bill since the beginning despite many benefits for teachers being put in the bill. The bill included a raise and a bonus for school personnel, but that wasn’t enough to distract teachers from the negatives.

“We were willing to give up a five percent raise and all the other stuff that came with the bill in our favor because we knew how important it was for the ESAs and charters not to pass,” said Oak Hill High School teacher Bret Floyd.

Teachers and service personnel are waiting for what happens next. The strike will continue through Wednesday. Legislators have 24 hours to make a motion to bring the bill back to life.



Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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