Deal reached to end West Virginia teacher strike

West Virginia Schools Closed on Monday as Bill is Amended by Senate

West Virginia Schools Closed on Monday as Bill is Amended by Senate

"I wish it wouldn't have come to this and that I was still in school, but I want the teachers to get the wages that they deserve, so I'm alright with it", Victoria Blickenstaff, a sophomore at Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont, West Virginia, told CNN before the announcement of the deal. "Governor agrees", WVEA said in a tweet.

Schools in both Hancock and Brooke counties were set to be open today.

Ron Ujcich, president of the Brooke County chapter of the AFT, said he and other school personnel on picket lines Tuesday were a little skeptical when they received news of the Senate's decision, but were very happy when it was confirmed by AFT leaders in Charleston.

"We're grateful for the overwhelming support of our community and proud to work in a county that clearly values education", said Erich May, superintendent of Morgan County Schools. "We need to return some sense of normalcy to the education process". The state senate had approved just a 4 percent raise. But teachers in other states are ready to walk out.

West Virginia's teachers are applauding the unanimous Senate approval of a 5 percent raise in pay for teachers and troopers, in a deal to end a nine-day walkout that closed schools statewide. The Senate followed, voting 34-0. The raise also covers school service personnel. House Delegate Jill Upson, R-Jefferson, had sent a letter to HEPC Chancellor Paul Hill asking the deadline to be extended. He also said to make it possible, his staff had to find other ways to cut $20 million in state government spending - saying the funds will partly be taken out of Medicaid, the Division of Commerce and the Department of Tourism.

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West Virginia's House of Delegates has passed a 5 percent pay raise for striking teachers after a legislative conference committee agreed to the figure. Other state workers who also would get 5 percent raises under the deal will have to wait for a budget bill to pass.

West Virginia public school teachers and staff are expected back in school this morning after Gov. Jim Justice signed a deal into law Tuesday afternoon to end a teacher walkout that has shuttered the state's public schools since February 22.

Teachers walked off the job February 22, balking at an initial bill signed by Gov. Jim Justice to bump up their pay 2 percent in the first year as they also complained about rising health insurance costs. "Not only this, but my staff and I made additional cuts which will give all State employees 5% as well. All the focus should have always been on fairness and getting the kids back in school".

A huge crowd of teachers packing the Capitol jumped up and down, chanted "We love our kids!" and sang John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads". The House had backed a 5 percent increase, while the Senate favored 4 percent. The committee planned to meet again Tuesday morning. He noted it was only preliminary.

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