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Nearly 6,000 teachers in West Virginia last week staged a one-day walkout and rally at the state capital to protest Gov. Gaston Capterton's proposed budget, which does not include funds for teacher pay raises.

"The walkout was a culmination of frustration that teachers feel over the treatment of education here," said Kayetta Meadows, president of the West Virginia Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association.

Ms. Meadows said the current starting salary of $15,500 and the average salary of $21,904 places the state 49th nationally in terms of teacher pay.

Mr. Caperton has said that tight budget constraints had forced him to delay a salary increase.

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