West Virginia Schools Closed on Monday as Bill is Amended by Senate

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An online fundraiser for West Virginia teachers on strike had raised more than $225,000 from almost 5,000 donors as of Monday afternoon.

HB 4145 now moves to the West Virginia House for approval.

The fund is not sponsored by any teacher union, but is associated with RiseUp WV, a grassroots citizens organization based in Charleston, West Virginia. They will be rallying on Day 8 of the statewide teacher strike.

Teachers and other school workers are able to apply for funding via the Strike Support Fund through its GoFundMe page. She said the Senate should have trusted the judgment of Justice and the House. School service personnel are also walking out. "We will not keep any overhead". About 20,000 teachers walked out February 22, keeping nearly 277,000 students out of class. The teachers-who earn an average of $45,000 annually and are some of the lowest-paid educators in the US -have demanded a 5 percent pay increase.

West Virginia school teachers and their unions are not happy after the West Virginia Senate passed a bill yesterday for a lower pay increase than what was expected.

Governor Justice's original proposal was to raise pay by five percent.

A legislative conference committee appointed to resolve differences between the state Senate and House is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m.

"Education should be our centerpiece and I have worked tirelessly to get our teachers the 5 percent pay raise".

"This situation has evolved very quickly in recent days, and we want to make sure committee members have a full array of accurate information available to make a well-informed decision", Espinosa said.

Echoing West Virginia teachers grievances for more pay and more staff, Oklahoma teachers and a newly formed group "Oklahoma Teacher Walkout - The Time Is Now!" are calling for the state's 41,000 teachers to walk off the job as soon as April 2, the Tulsa World newspaper and the group's Facebook page said.