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Thousands of teachers to converge on Capitol during walk-out

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) West Virginia public school teachers launched a statewide walkout Thursday that canceled classes in all 55 counties. They were rallying for higher pay and better benefits for their public health insurance (PEIA). 

Thousands of teachers and support staff converged at the gold domed Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, putting pressure on lawmakers who had to close the second door to the floor to keep out the noise.

While it was their first statewide strike since 1990 in West Virginia, it was also the first time the schools' service personnel also participated.

The walkout is scheduled for two days, and teachers say they’re willing to go longer if they cannot reach an agreement with lawmakers. 
 

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