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Strike rally (copy)

Striking teachers grasp hands during a rally at the Capitol, Feb.26, 2018. United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts spoke during the event.

Once again we find ourselves facing a teacher strike in the state of West Virginia. By gathering comments from teachers and students alike, I am going to try my best to give all sides of the story.

The 2018 West Virginia teacher strike sparked a movement across the nation, but in West Virginia the same thing is happening again over something different than the last time. The bill that is being protested includes funding for charter schools. A charter school is a publicly funded independent school that can be started by anyone. This idea of charter schools is what is in the forefront of disapproval for most people.

During the House of Delegates session when they approved this bill you can see a lot of worried faces. Most of these came from teachers as they watched.

I’ve also contacted some students to see what their thoughts are. The first questions that seem to come up are the following: How long is this going to last? Do I need to keep up with my studies? As an AP student, what should you do?

The first question depends on how the West Virginia government handles the situation at hand. Some classes (ex: math) you should probably keep studying if this looks like it will last long. People in AP classes must keep studying for the tests because while West Virginia schools may be shut down at the moment, the AP test won’t.

With more questions than answers at the moment, all those affected by the strike will have to hold on until something changes. The long term effects of this are unpredictable at the moment, but we should hopefully find some concrete answers sooner than later.