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West Virginia teacher pay raise bill heads to Senate committee


The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia teachers and school personnel elected on Thursday to extend their walkout to a seventh day after the Senate refused to vote on a proposed 5 percent pay raise, assigning the bill to its Finance Committee which did not meet.

By 6:30 p.m. Thursday, school systems in all of the state’s 55 counties had canceled classes. One, Wetzel County, used a bit of levity in tweeting its announcement on @wvsnowday: “All schools in #Wetzel Co closed Fri 3/2/18 due to let’s just say it has nothing to do with weather.”

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, a target of teacher vitriol throughout the walkout, was being cautious with the bill. He has said repeatedly that he is skeptical of Gov. Jim Justice’s revised revenue estimate of an additional $58 million next fiscal year beginning July 1.

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