According to the Associated Press, the head of West Virginia’s school system is turning down a raise after criticism from the state senate president.
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine announced on Thursday that he would not accept any increase to his current $230,000 salary until other education issues are addressed.
Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael issued a statement earlier on Thursday slamming the raise as “unwarranted and unnecessary.”
The state board of education has already approved the salary increase.
Paine says he appreciated the board’s decision, but said that the raise has become a distraction for students.
He mentioned the school system must first address a shortage of teachers among other problems before he would be willing to accept any raise.