Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) — West Virginia lawmakers said Tuesday morning that a deal has been reached to deliver a 5% pay raise for all state employees, including striking teachers, according to a state committee meeting on the matter.

The deal is intended to end a teachers’ strike that has canceled nine consecutive school days across the state. Teachers’ union representative Christine Campbell told CNN she anticipates school will back in session Wednesday if the bill is passed Tuesday. The House of Delegates OK’d the legislation Tuesday, and it now goes to the Senate.

(Editor’s Note: According to local sources close to this issue, Gilmer County’s public schools will restart on this Wed. morning, Mar. 7, ending the two week and unexpected “Spring Break” for the area’s elementary and high school students. The decision came at presstime not leaving us editors any time to get the local reaction. DHC, Sr.)

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