The state's teachers demanded during an electrifying rally Wednesday that they will strike if the state's political leaders don't provide them with a 20 percent raise this fall.
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Thousands who gathered at the state capitol said they want a 20 percent pay increase and a $1 billion investment in public education or else they'll go on strike.
Brian Whiston since 2015 has led the state's education department while it put together its plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act and took control of the state's school takeover district.
The legislature sent a proposal last week to Gov. Jim Justice's desk to shutter the state's advisory education and the arts department, leaving the Gayle Manchin and her staff in the lurch.
The $750 million in extra funding aims to satisfy the state's supreme court, which last year threatened sanctions including shutting down the schools unless teacher pay is raised.
State education officials already were working to counter criticism of their Every Student Succeeds Act plans even before the education secretary levied her own critiques this week.
The U.S. secretary of education said states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans aren't ambitious or innovative enough and fail to take full advantage of the law's flexibility.