It goes without saying, that teachers are the cornerstone of the education system across the world. Not only do they commandeer the classroom and teach students valuable, useful lessons, they also take on the honorable and impressionable duty of interacting with the students on a day-to-day basis.
 
The impact that teachers have on their students and the impeccable work that the National Center for Education estimated 3.2 million American teachers carry our daily, is incomparable irrespective of the subject they may teach. Teachers across America, instruct an estimated 50.7 million students and do it proudly; they inspire kids to reach their fullest potential, and make the world a more positive environment for the leaders of the future.
 
Yet, though their line of work is important, they are often underpaid. This is especially apparent in the state of West Virginia, where according to the National Center for Education, the average teacher salary is $47,370 relative to the national average of $59,020.
 
The Appalachian state is also experiencing a population that is dwindling; what this means is that more people are leaving the state than moving there. Due to this, schools have had a shortage of substitute teachers. What is worse is that the state of West Virginia is conveniently close to states that offer significantly more to teachers. Many locals admit that there is little for young, unmarried people to do within the state and that there are more lucrative prospects  across state lines.
 

An image of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (AP Photo/ Walter Scriptunas II)

Due to low salaries, public school teaching staff went on a statewide strike. The strike, which included demonstrations at the Capitol Building in Charleston, West Virginia,  featured more than 19,000 teachers from over 600 public schools who walked out on their jobs. This move resulted in more than 270,00 students who were out of school during the period.
 
The chambers of the building was packed to the brim last Friday, with teachers wishing to speak to their representatives regarding their salary concerns and their reasons for the strike, such as having to pay out pocket for supplies, and that a two percent salary raise legislation enacted by Governor James C. Justice was not enough for the cost-of-living expenses in West Virginia.
 
In total, the walkout lasted four days; earlier today, Governor Justice reached a somewhat double sided compromise. Teachers will receive a two percent increase that was promised to them, along with a one percent increase over the next two years.            
 
Although, the compromise does not address another issue that resulted in the strike to begin with. According to CNN, high costs and premiums of the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), West Virginia’s public insurance company, has caused some teachers to take a second job.  
 
With school resuming on Thursday, these cost issues surrounding the PEIA are likely still on the minds of these teachers; a costly insurance program could result in another protest in the future.
 

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