West Virginia

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Governor:Jim Justice
Superintendent of Schools:Michael J. Martirano
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:280,310
Number of school districts:57
Number of public schools:757
Number of public school teachers:20,029
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,260
Percent minority students:9.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:46.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.8%
Percent of English-language learners:1.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:35.0%
8th grade math:23.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:32.4%
8th grade reading:27.8%

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In states with recent strikes and protests, individual teachers—some of them in their 20's and most of them with little or no organizing experience—have taken charge of the grassroots push for higher pay and more school funding.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week
Union leaders in West Virginia and Oklahoma, where recent teacher strikes led to higher pay, are advising their peers in Arizona and other states on the keys to successful protests.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
It’s not just low wages that put a financial strain on teachers, write two Rutgers researchers. Rising health insurance costs take a toll too.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week

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