West Virginia Leaders Reach Deal to End Teachers Strike

(From ABC News)

West Virginia lawmakers unanimously approved 5 percent pay raises for teachers and troopers on Tuesday after the governor reached a deal to end a teacher walkout that shuttered the state’s schools for nine days.

A huge group of teachers crowding the Capitol’s hallways cheered their victory.

With striking teachers looking on, the House of Delegates passed the pay raise for teachers, school service personnel and state troopers on a 99-0 vote, and the Senate followed, voting 34-0.

“I believe in you and I love our kids,” Gov. Jim Justice said.

The governor, union leaders and the House had agreed to the raise for those groups last week. State teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation and haven’t had a salary increase in four years.

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