W. Va. Public School Teachers Hit Picket Line For First Day of Strike

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West Virginia public school teachers and school service workers are hitting the picket line and packing the state Capitol on the first day of a statewide strike.

The only county where public school classes are being held Tuesday is in Putnam County, where school parking lots were nearly empty. A few cars trickled in to drop students off but no buses were seen.

Teachers and supporters from other counties joined Putnam County teachers on the picket line as motorists honked their support.

Teachers’ unions oppose complex legislation under consideration that would create the state’s first charter schools and allow education savings accounts for parents to pay for private school.

Poca High School English teacher Meghan Stevens says students “are not for sale.”