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West Virginia struggles to end statewide teacher walkout

Mar 05, 2018 - Politico

Teachers striking for better pay in the Trump stronghold of West Virginia have prompted a political showdown between GOP Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders from his own party, with public schools across the Mountain State expected to be closed again Tuesday for a ninth school day.

Legislators were working into the night Monday to try to salvage a deal. A tentative agreement on a 5 percent pay raise engineered by Justice collapsed over the weekend in the GOP-controlled state Senate.

Earlier Monday, crowds of teachers, bus drivers and custodians towing signs and shouting slogans flooded the capital city of Charleston. The protests grew so intense that the state Capitol police had to discontinue allowing new visitors inside. West Virginia teachers, who are among the lowest paid in the nation, walked out statewide on Feb...