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Strike over: Schools open after House Bill 4145 passes


The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — 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 Feb. 22.

By a 99-0 vote, the West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday again reaffirmed it’s position to give teachers, service personnel and the West Virginia State Police a 5 percent pay raise, a position that the Senate accepted after initially rejecting it on Saturday.

“We have reached a deal,” Justice said on Twitter Tuesday. “I stood rock solid on the 5 percent teacher pay raise and delivered. Not only this, but my staff and I made additional cuts which will give all state employees 5 percent as well. All the focus should have always been on fairness and getting the kids back in school.”

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