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The resounding message for teacher pay raise in the House Chamber on March 8 was "this is not enough of a raise."

The raise provided in the proposed bill would include a $1,000 across the board raise for service personnel and the 2 percent increase for teachers Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin promised in his state of the state address early January.

During debate, Delegate Ray Cooper, R-Summers, and Karen Arvon, R-Raleigh, both spoke in support of the proposed bill.

Cooper, who has taught in the classroom for 20 years said that while the raise is a step in the right direction, it's still not enough.

"This is not enough money for these teachers," he said. "If we're going to bring this state to the point where we can succeed, we have to educate the workforce. We can't do that with a half salary."

Arvon, whose daughter teaches and has a master's degree, said her daughter is considering moving to Maryland.

In Maryland, Arvon's daugher's salary would jump to about $96,000 as opposed to the $36,000 the pay raise would afford in West Virginia.

The proposed bill passed unanimously.