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West Virginia’s Teachers Walk Off The Job, Protesting Low Pay And Benefit Cuts


Heather Ritter; Heidi Hohman


West Virginia’s public schools were closed Thursday, as teachers across the state walked out and protested for better pay and benefits from state lawmakers.

Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill Wednesday to give teachers a 2 percent pay raise starting in July, and an additional 1 percent pay increase in 2020 and 2021.

“We need to keep our kids and teachers in the classroom,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement­ Wednesday. “We certainly recognize our teachers are underpaid and this is a step in the right direction to addressing their pay issue.”