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‘We have reached a deal’: West Virginia schools reopening after Justice signs pay raise bill


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Surrounded by union leaders, Gov. Jim Justice signs a bill increasing the pay for state teachers, school service personnel and State Police by 5 percent during a press conference at the Culture Center Tuesday.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Craig Hudson)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice signed into law a 5 percent pay raise for public school teachers and school service personnel Tuesday that appears to mark the end of the nine-school-day statewide strike.

By 7 p.m., multiple county school systems, including Kanawha’s, announced that they’re reopening schools Wednesday. None said they’d be closed, although Fayette and Logan counties announced 2-hour delays.

Before a meeting of a conference committee composed of Senators and members of the House of Delegates, Justice announced that all state employees, along with teachers, school service personnel (a category including bus drivers and cooks) and State Police would receive a 5 percent raise. The raises will take effect next fiscal year, which starts July 1, and equal $2,020 for teachers.

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