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Teachers strike: School systems close across West Virginia


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Mercer County educators recently gathered along Stafford Drive in Princeton to hold a silent protest. Schools in Mercer, Monroe, and McDowell Counties will be closed today and tomorrow as teachers strike across the state.
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PRINCETON, W.Va.  — School systems in McDowell, Mercer and Monroe Counties will be closed today and Friday due to a statewide teacher and school personnel work stoppage.

Many of West Virginia’s teachers and other school employees are calling attention to their ongoing concerns about pay and insurance by not reporting for duty today and Friday. Mercer County School announced early Wednesday morning that classes would be closed both days.

“Based upon our survey of employees, we do not believe we can offer a quality instructional environment and will not be able to provide proper supervision on Thursday and Friday of this week,” Teresa Russell, data and information specialist for Mercer County Schools, said in statement issued to parents. “Therefore, all schools in Mercer County will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23.”

Plans were in place to make up for lost class time.

“This closure of schools will not result in loss of instructional time for our students,” Russell said. “We have converted May 31 and June 1 to instructional days.”

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