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For first time in 2 weeks, West Virginians go back to school


(CNN) – Students, parents and teachers in West Virginia headed back to school Wednesday for the first time in nearly two weeks after educators ended their strike.

“I think it will really be fun to see my friends again,” Wayne County third-grader Kayden Maynard told CNN affiliates WCHS/WVAH. “I like to play with my friends and learn.”

School had been closed since February 22 when West Virginia teachers walked off the job to demand better pay and a fix to the state’s embattled health care system known as the Public Employee Insurance Agency, or PEIA. West Virginia ranks 48th in the nation in terms of how much it pays its teachers, according to the National Education Association.