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West Virginia's Teachers End Their Strike—But They're Still Unhappy

The governor has offered a pay raise but leaves many of the fundamental issues unaddressed.
Source: John Raby / AP

MARTINSBURG, W. Va.—West Virginia governor Jim Justice has at last signaled an end to a standoff that has kept all the state’s public-school employees and students out of classrooms for days. After a town-hall circuit throughout the state Monday, the Republican governor at a press conference Tuesday evening said he’d agreed to raise teachers’ salaries by 5 percent.

That increase, which would satisfy one of the teachers’ unions’ demands, would mark a sizable improvement from the 2 percent raise they were originally going to receive this year and from salary stagnation they’d previously experienced since 2014. Employees and children are expected to return to class Thursday—exactly a week after the strike started—following a “cooling off” period Wednesday.

But the teacher dissatisfaction will continue. First, there

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