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>> It's been more than a week, but West Virginia's teachers say they're staying on strike. After the state senate unraveled a plan over the weekend for a 5% raise, the teachers have decided to extend their protest. Last week, Republican Governor Jim Justice promised to the increase, a move supported by the House of Delegates.
But when it reached the Senate, lawmakers voted Saturday night to knock it down to a 4% raise that would apply to all state workers, not just teachers.>> They're making it look like that it's all about money, sorry, and it's not. They're trying to make it look like to our other state employees that we're rejecting them, and that's not what this is.
>> Jim Justice tweeted Saturday night, It's time to quit playing politics and get our kids back in school. Nearly 300,000 students have been out of school since February 22, as teachers and other school employees from all 55 counties push for higher pay. West Virginia is ranked 48th among the 50 states in average teacher salary, at $45,622.
Discussions between all parties are still underway, but the teachers say 4% is simply not enough. And they'll stay on strike until their demands are met.