After a slew of protests in West Virginia, U.S. citizens started to see the power of their voices, as Governor Jim Justice increased the amount educators are compensated by 5%.
We have reached a deal. I stood rock solid on the 5% Teacher pay raise and delivered. Not only this, but my staff and I made additional cuts which will give all State employees 5% as well. All the focus should have always been on fairness and getting the kids back in school.
— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) March 6, 2018
Now, teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have gone on strike, marching their way to their respective Capitols.
“It is a heartfelt thing. It’s not just something to do, a way to get attention,” Jason Simeroth, the superintendent of schools in Yukon, Oklahoma told MSNBC. “This is the heart of education … This is what it’s all about. It’s about people pulling together for the betterment of our kids, which is going to help Oklahoma in the long run.”