WV Teachers Absent, Demand Money

Charleston, WV (AP) -- Officials in at least 14 West Virginia counties have had to cancel classes because teachers demanding better pay refused to show up for work.

Some teachers were convinced to join the walkout at the last-minute when they discovered peers from neighboring counties outside their schools protesting.

The president of the West Virginia Education Association says he is extremely satisfied with the turnout, but say that teachers will be back in school Thursday.

Last week, lawmakers approved a 3.5% pay raise for the state's teachers, but the educators' union said it was not enough to keep West Virginia competitive with the rest of the country.

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