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West Virginia Teachers Walk Out Over Pay, Benefits


Dale Lee (WVEA); Christine Campbell (AFT-WV)


(CNN) – Public schools across West Virginia will remain closed through Monday as teachers and other school employees hit the picket lines, demanding higher wages and better benefits.

“We’ve heard them loud and clear. They’re not ready [to return],” West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee announced Friday. Teachers from across the state congregated in Charleston Friday morning, continuing the demonstration that had begun at the state capitol Thursday. Locally, teachers are walking picket lines in front of individual schools, according to Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of

Teachers-West Virginia. Every public school across the state’s 55 counties is closed Friday, according to data from the West Virginia Board of Education.