Back to school: West Virginia teachers return to classroom

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- It's back to school in West Virginia.

Photo: Bob Aaron / Twitter / WCHS

Teachers across this poor Appalachian mountain state are returning to their classrooms Wednesday, jubilant after their governor signed a 5 percent pay raise ending their nine-day walkout.

Teachers expressed relief and exhilaration by breaking out into song Tuesday after legislators approved the pay raise bill that a conference committee agreed to hours earlier, ending their strike.

And now the state's 35,000 public school employees can get back to work -- and 277,000 students, back to the books.