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Despite a deal that was set in place for teachers to receive a 5% pay raise, educators across West Virginia are still on strike for the seventh consecutive day, demanding better treatment from the state.

Teachers had originally entered the West Virginia capitol on February 2. The group, originally from three counties has spread to the entire state. The move is a reminder of the Chicago teacher’s strike of 2012 and the Wisconsin capitol takeover in 2011 as workers protested Governor Scott Walker and the Republican legislature’s move to strip collective bargaining rights away from the state’s public employees.

The teachers want an improved health insurance as well as an emphasis that their primary goal is to make education better for every child in their state. “Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions” has been one of the primary mottos of the strike.

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