UPDATE at 2 p.m.: The West Virginia Senate has postponed voting on a bill to raise all teacher salaries $1,000.
The bill was scheduled for a vote on Tuesday but has been held over until Wednesday.
Earlier this month, the Senate Education Committee amended the bill to grant teachers the across-the-board raise, increasing it from a 2 percent raise.
The bill also sets a goal to increase the state's minimum salary for entry-level teachers to $43,000 by 2019.
The minimum salary in West Virginia is currently $27,917. According to the West Virginia Education Association, the state ranks 48th in the country for teacher pay.
The bill also sets around a 2 percent raise for school service personnel.
If passed by the Senate Wednesday, the bill will advance to the House.
CHARLESTON, WV -- The Senate is expected to vote on legislation today that would increase pay for teachers and school service personnel.
Senate Bill 391 will be brought up for a vote when the Senate meets at 11:30 today. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the legislation in his January State of the State address, suggesting teachers receive a 2 percent bump in pay. Although the Senate Education Committee amended the bill to give teachers a $1,000 across-the-board raise, the Senate Finance Committee again changed the bill to reflect the governor's 2-percent proposal, citing state budget concerns.
Supporters of the Senate Education version said the $1,000 raise would help younger teachers more than the 2-percent increase. Teachers in West Virginia's public schools see incremental pay raises for the first 35 years on the job. By increasing pay for young teachers $1,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, they would see more money over the long term.
However, the Senate Finance Committee said sticking with Tomblin's proposal would save about $4.72 million. That committee did leave in language from the Senate Education substitute that calls for base teacher pay to begin at $43,000 annually starting in 2019.