Updated: State Schools Superintendent Steven Paine Says He Expects Schools to Be Open Thursday

CHARLESTON – Teachers and service personnel throughout West Virginia are scheduled to return to work Thursday, but protests continued today despite Gov. Jim Justice’s promise of higher pay and a task force to review the public employees insurance program.

As of 3:30 p.m., two West Virginia school districts — Mingo and Gilmer — had announced no classes for Thursday.

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine issued a statement today concerning school on Thursday: “My expectation is that all public schools in West Virginia will be in session on Thursday, March 1, 2018.”

The West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teacher is scheduled to hold a conference call at 4 p.m. for all of the county-level presidents to decide what steps, if any, still need to be taken. That could include the strike continuing.

Justice said earlier today that if teachers don’t return to the classroom, there could be legal action taken.

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