West Virginia teacher strike ends after state leaders reach deal
West Virginia's teachers will be returning to the classroom now that Gov. Jim Justice and other state leaders have agreed to a deal that gives state workers, including teachers, a 5% pay raise, reports AP. The decision, reached on Tuesday, brings and end to the 9-day strike, the longest in state history.
Why it matters: According to the most recent research from the National Educator's Association, teachers in West Virginia made on average about $45,000 annually in 2016, a figure on the lower end of the scale compared to the average in most other U.S. states.
Why you’ll hear about this again: The success of the West Virginia teacher strike could inspire teachers in other states to do the same. A school district in Oklahoma is looking for aid, and have said they would support a walk-out if needed, according to the Washington Post.