A nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers ended on Tuesday. State officials approved a 5 percent pay raise for all state workers, giving a boost to some of the lowest-paid educators in the country.
The walkout across the Appalachian state left more than 277,000 students idle. Their teachers flooded the state capitol in Charleston to protest. Some schools planned to reopen on Wednesday after the deal was reached.
Republican Governor Jim Justice said before signing the pay raise bill in a televised ceremony, “Our children have suffered enough. We have to return some normalcy to the education process."