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In the wake of West Virginia, Oklahoma teachers planning teacher strike

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) A Facebook group with more than 30,000 members in Oklahoma said teachers in that state are considering a walk-out during the first week of April -- the same time as their scheduled standardized exams.

Oklahoma has the lowest teacher pay rate in the United States with teachers making an average $42,460 a year. To learn more about the movement, visit: http://www.facebook.com/groups/257970398074287/

The move comes after teachers in West Virginia, the fifth lowest paid in the U.S., have been out of school for seven straight days. Mountain State teachers make an average $45,240 a year. 

Three education associations representing West Virginia teachers said Saturday their strike will continue 'indefinitely' until the West Virginia Senate votes in favor of a five percent raise. 

After a clerical error on Saturday night, Senators accidentally voted in favor a House bill that would raise teacher, service personnel, and state police pay by five percent. They had intended to vote on a bill that passed in the Finance Committee Saturday afternoon that would bring the raise down to four percent while raising pay for state workers.

Saturday evening, Senators voted on a rule that will allow them to recall the bill  and resend the four percent legislation to the House of Delegates. While there were some questions over whether the Senate could recall the bill, the Communications Dir. for the House of Delegates Jared Hunt said the proper rules were followed:

"The first version of the bill was delivered to the Clerk's office, however-- and this is key -- under the rules, a message from the Senate is not officially received until it has been read aloud on the floor, the Speaker has ordered it received, and then noted in the Journal. And it is the practice of the two houses to honor any recall requests for a bill before it has been received on the floor.  In fact, this had just happened a few hours earlier when the House voted to reconsider its action on SB 451. That bill had to first be recalled from the Senate, which it was, before a vote of reconsideration could occur. "

The West Virginia House and Senate have adjourned until Monday after appointing a conference committees to iron on differences between the two pay raise bills. The following representatives were appointed to the conference committee:

Senators Ferns, Blair and Plymale and Delegates Anderson, Espinosa and Boggs.

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