All of West Virginia’s public schools are closed today, February 22nd, 2018, and tomorrow, February 23rd, 2018 due to teachers from all over the state’s 55 counties coming together and protesting for pay raises and better benefits. How are they getting the message across? By peacefully protesting. West Virginians have started a two day walk out that involves participants going to the state capitol in Charleston, Virginia and demanding that the state’s government takes action to resolve some of these issues. Some are even choosing to sit in during the state’s legislative sessions while others remain protesting outside of the building.
A recent CNN article (https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/22/us/west-virginia-teacher-work-stoppage/index.htm)claims that thousands of teachers are expected to be participating. That’s quite an impressive number seeing as though there are roughly 20,000 teachers instructing well over 275,000 enrolled students. Many of these protestors belong to teacher organizations including West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia.
And what about the students? Fortunately, it seems as though the well being of West Virginia’s students still remains top priority. There have even been organized community events in various places to make sure students-as well as their families- have the support they need. Examples include providing food pantries for those disadvantaged who rely on schools for meals and day care for parents who can’t afford to take off of work to watch their kids during this event.
This walk out has definitely created an impact that has garnered attention all across America and it would appear that many are showing support for this group’s efforts.