West Virginia teachers, governor agree on deal to end strike

West Virginia teacher's work stoppage will continue through Monday

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Gideon had been joining teachers - including his mother - on the picket lines since Thursday. "It's how we live, if he has questions, he's allowed to ask them and we try to answer his questions the best we can". This quote, from Kevin Green, who teaches social studies at Riverview High School in West Virginia, reflects the conflict teachers often face - caring for their students while also caring for themselves.

Monday marked the third day of the strike. House Bill 4628 would allow development of oil and natural gas resources across adjoining properties if at least three-fourths of property owners agree.

"My commitment to education has been consistent from Day 1", Justice said on Twitter.

While Justice said he wants to call the legislature into special session, he wants to do so to discuss the co-tenancy legislation, which he wants the Senate to vote down. "I'm not doing that".

Teacher-led protests and strikes in West Virginia this week have left all 680 of the state's public schools shuttered for days.

Before the strike began last week, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat, said in a tweet that the strike would be "unlawful".

Schools were still closed as a planned "cooling off day" announced by Justice, in part since some counties had initiated school closures before the deal was announced.

Bratcher said he believes the lack of a written deal between the governor and union leaders, as well as the lackluster and in some cases negative response by legislators, caused everyone to rethink ending the walkout.

Hundreds from around the state rallied at the Capitol each day. A bill now pending before the Senate would dedicate $29 million from the Rainy Day Fund to the PEIA Stabilization Fund.

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He said he understands that PEIA is the major concern of state employees, and why the Senate would put its focus in that direction.

The pay raise bill is expected to be introduced on Wednesday.

"These things got everyone here, brought everyone here, and signing a bill at 8 o'clock at night wasn't going to change that", Campbell told CNN from Charleston on Thursday morning.

Justice had proposed a 3 percent raise for all state employees, with those in education-related jobs receiving an additional 2 percent to give them a 5 percent wage hike.

"I can't say that it was always going to be free, but it would be always be taken care of". "Every single year, we have to worry about whether it will happen again". It is the first teacher strike in the state since 1990. The legislature has spoken, and I've signed [raises] into law.

After that, however, the other rankings fall off to 39th in college readiness, 18th for its high school graduation rate, 46th for math scores, 42nd for reading and 48th for pre-school enrollment. "We still have some real sticky issues to finalize, but we are making progress", said Lee. "I don't like feeling bullied into when we're going to do something". Everyone says all the teachers are fighting about a raise.

"I love what I do". This makes all the more urgent the need to take control of the struggle out of the hands of the unions and mobilize the support of the entire working class. If you will take no pay, I will take no pay.

Despite plans for teachers to return to classrooms Thursday, school officials in Harrison and Wyoming counties issued separate statements that their schools would remain closed. I was also mentored by one of the best K-12 educators in the state, Traci DeWall, who prepared me to have my own classroom.

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