>> Striking teachers in West Virginia on Friday traded their classrooms for picket lines for a seventh straight day, after a deal to hike their pay hit a snag.>> We demand respect.>> The teachers went on strike February 22, after Republican Governor Jim Justice signed a bill giving teachers and state police a 2% raise.
The governor reconsidered after the walkout, saying the state had found $58 million to hike the teacher's pay by 5%.>> We need our kids back in school and we need our teachers back in school. They wanna be back in->>
]>> An end to the strike seemed imminent after the pay hike passed the House of Delegates.
But it hit a wall in the State Senate, with leadership lukewarm on the deal. West Virginia ranks near the bottom nationally in teachers' salaries, 48th out of the 50 states, with the average instructor taking home $45 622. Christine Campbell heads the West Virginia Teachers Union.>> They don't want to be the first in the country and pay they know where we live in West Virginia.
They want to be out of 48th. And this isn't the end, this is the beginning.>> All of which leaves 277,000 students in the Appalachian State on an extended vacation, with teachers and legislators still working to hammer out a deal