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West Virginia teachers back to work after reaching deal with governor


Debbie Helvey; Dale Lee (WVEA); Mike Helvey; Wendy Peters; Tonya Spinella


CHARLESTON, West Virginia (CNN)There is still work to be done in the Legislature, but West Virginia schoolteachers will be back at work Thursday after a four-day walkout over pay and benefits.

The question is how long they will stay in their classrooms.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice announced teachers and other education-related employees would be getting a 5% pay raise in the first year, as long as lawmakers approve it in a new bill.

Justice, who said he changed his position on raises after talking to a sixth-grader, told reporters he has spoken to the leaders of the Senate and the House and he was “very, very hopeful” a bill would pass soon replacing one that included a smaller cumulative raise over more time.