Schools across West Virginia closed for sixth day

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVNS) - Public schools across West Virginia are closed for a sixth day following an educator walkout. 

At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday all 55 counties across the Mountain State were officially closed for Thursday, March 1. 

The statewide closure comes after a proposal from Governor Jim Justice calling for a 5-percent raise for teachers and state police this year, and a 3-percent raise for all other state employees.

The bill passed in the House Wednesday evening and now moves on to the Senate.

Justice also promised to put together a committee to investigate a long-term solution to PEIA, that would be formed after the end of the regular legislative session.

Many educators said they're continuing the work stoppage because they want a permanent fix to rising PEIA premiums, rather than a temporary freeze. They also said they're walking off the job because the Senate recessed Wednesday evening without taking action on the 5-percent pay raise. 

It's unclear how long the work stoppage will last. 

Stay with 59 News for the latest on this developing story. 

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