Work stoppage closes local schools Monday

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVNS) – Schools across the West Virginia are closed Monday, Feb. 26 due to a statewide educator work stoppage. 

According to the West Virginia Department of Education all 55 counties across the Mountain State are closed as teachers and service personnel continue to protest low pay and rising PEIA insurance premiums. 

Locally, in the WVNS 59 News viewing area, Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming Counties are closed Monday, Feb. 26. 

Leaders with the West Virginia Educators Association, American Federation of Teachers and West Virginia School Service Personnel Association said in a press conference Friday the walkout will continue until state lawmakers and union leaders find a solution. 

They said they will make a decision near the end of each day on whether to continue the educator walkout. 

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