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West Virginia teachers will return to school post-strike after “cooling off” period


Dale Lee (WVEA)


An unscheduled four-day February break will come to an end on Thursday after West Virginia teachers agreed to a new deal on Tuesday.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made the announcement at a press conference. Public schools across the entire state had been closed since last Thursday over a contract dispute. Justice announced as part of the new deal agreed upon Tuesday that all state personnel will receive a 3 percent raise, while school employees — teachers and service personnel — will receive a 5 percent raise.

“We have concluded — with at least as far as an agreement that we can possibly conclude — that our teachers will go back to work on Thursday; we’ll use tomorrow as like a cooling off day because we’ve already got some schools that have been cancelled, and we’ve got an agreement,” Justice said.