DALE Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, lamented that the state has difficulty recruiting and keeping young teachers.
"So many people blame the ills of society on teachers, but with teacher salaries as low as they are, it is difficult to entice people into the profession," Lee told Sarah Plummer of the Register-Herald in Beckley.
The reason for the difficulty is easy to explain: pensions.
Thanks to the lobbying of unions - and legislators who courted union votes - legislators in the days of yore promised teachers generous pensions. But they did not fully fund what they promised.
Today, state taxpayers face a $5 billion unfunded liability for teachers pensions.
The result is that West Virginia: