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The End of the West Virginia Teachers' Strike
Mar 8, 2018 at 07:54 AM
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The Quick Facts

  • On Tuesday, state lawmakers in West Virginia passed legislation that gives a 5% raise to teachers and other public employees.
  • Before this pay raise was announced, teachers in West Virginia had been on strike for 9 days. This state-wide teacher strike kept 227,000 students out of school across all 55 counties.
  • According to the National Education Association, at the time of the strike, West Virginia teacher pay ranked 46th among of the 50 US states at $45,783.

Food For Thought

Do unions ultimately lead to better or worse pay for educators? Was the teachers' strike justifiable?

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