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]>> A week-long teachers' strike that has paralyzed public schools in West Virginia could continue into Monday after lawmakers failed to agree to a promised pay raise.>> We've got to end this.>> After hours of arguing in a late Saturday night session, the state legislature remains deadlocked, meaning more than a quarter of million students could be out of school for an eighth straight day.
Last week, Republican Governor Jim Justice promised a 5% increase. A move later supported by the state's republican controlled House of Delegates.>> We have a 4%, I have a 4% proposal.>> But the republican controlled state Senate unraveled that promise, offering a 4% raise instead. Governor Justice tweeting late on Saturday quote, it's time to quit playing politics and get our kids back in school.
>> We have students that understand this and we have legislators that don't.>> Teachers wages in West Virginia are among the lowest in the United States. The president of the West Virginia Education Association on Facebook asked that all public schools in the state be closed again Monday and remain closed until quote, the Senate honors the agreement that was made.