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Class still out in West Virginia


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia union leaders advised striking teachers and service personnel to go back to school today, but Northern Panhandle administrators canceled all classes yet again.

School systems in Ohio, Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel counties canceled school Wednesday evening. They did so despite action earlier in the day by the House of Delegates to pass a 5 percent raise for teachers, service personnel and the West Virginia State Police, with additional raises for other state employees to be addressed in the coming days. The measure next moves on to the Senate.

Also on Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order calling for the establishment of a special task force to address employee concerns about rising costs with the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency system. The moves were apparently not enough to gain the trust and confidence of many teachers and service personnel — especially in Ohio County, where Superintendent Kim Miller said she hoped today would bring clarity to the situation for union members.

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