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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee is urging cooperation between lawmakers, educators and school staff as the academic year gets underway.

Lee, speaking before the state Board of Education last week, said teachers and lawmakers have to act as one unit for the betterment of students.

“When we invest in the students of West Virginia, that’s when we know we can reach huge dividends along the lines,” he said. “It all has to revolve around making sure we have the best and the brightest in our classrooms, that those positions are filled with certified educators and that we provide not only a good compensation for them, but a good compensation plan.”

Lee recalled traveling around the state following the statewide teachers’ strike earlier this year, noting a newfound sense of pride in the education community.

He also said if it wasn’t for the nine-day work stoppage, the state’s investment into education would not have happened. Lee added stakeholders need to cooperate during the next legislative session.

“We saw for nine days that when we stand together anything can happen,” he said. “I ask that we continue to do that.”