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The Latest: Striking teachers return to W.Va. Capitol

Posted at 2:25 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 14:25:21-05

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a teachers' strike in West Virginia (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Striking West Virginia teachers have descended on the state Capitol for a second day as they watch lawmakers' potential movements on an education bill that had been tabled a day before.

Union members on Wednesday waited out a deadline for the House of Delegates to use a potential technical maneuver to reconsider a decision Tuesday that effectively killed the complex legislation.

According to legislative rules, any lawmaker who voted to table the bill had until Wednesday to ask to have the vote reconsidered. The House made no such action during its morning session and was set to meet again Wednesday night.

Portions of the bill also could still be offered through amendments to other legislation in the final two weeks of the session.

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8:30 a.m.

West Virginia public school teachers are striking for a second day even though legislation they loathed was tabled in the House of Delegates.

Schools in 54 of the state's 55 counties were closed Wednesday. The lone holdout again was Putnam County.

Leaders of three unions covering teachers and school service workers say they have trust issues with lawmakers and believe there's a small chance there still could be further developments with the complex legislation.

One day after the House effectively killed the bill, other legislation is getting attention. This proposal set to be discussed in a House committee Wednesday would boost the pay of teachers, school service workers, and state police by 5 percent.

Last year, teachers and service workers won a 5 percent raise following a nine-day strike.