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West Virginia teacher strike ends after state leaders reach deal

Teachers in West Virginia on strike.
West Virginia teachers continuing their strike for the 7th day. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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.