West Virginia Teacher Strike Ends, Some Schools to Reopen Wednesday

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Mullens Elementary school teachers Kara Brown, from right, Katherine Dudley and Nina Tunstalle, along with Lois Casto of Central Elementary school in St. Albans, react to news that West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and Senate Republicans have reached a tentative deal to end a strike by giving them 5%raises in Charleston, West Virginia, on March 6, 2018. (Photo: Craig Hudson, Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

Reprinted from USA Today by  on March 6, 2018.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed legislation Tuesday authorizing a contract agreement with the state’s 20,000 teachers that will return 275,000 public school students to class as early as Wednesday.

“Today is a new day in education, no more looking back,” Justice said at a signing ceremony for the deal, which includes a 5% pay raise and ends the nine-day strike.

The contract also covers more than 10,000 support staff. Justice said money will be found elsewhere in the budget to allow the state to provide a 5% pay hike to all state employees. Some of those pay increases, however, must wait for passage of a budget bill. …

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