UPDATE: Committee to mull teacher pay hike

West Virginia passed the 4.25 billion dollar budget on Friday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A joint legislative committee in West Virginia is set to address differences in pay raise bills for the state's striking teachers and school service personnel.

The teachers, who walked out of classrooms statewide starting Feb. 22, say they won't return to the classroom until lawmakers approve a 5 percent raise they negotiated with the governor.

On Saturday the Republican-controlled Senate voted for a 4 percent pay raise. The Republican-controlled House of Delegates earlier approved a 5 percent raise proposal that unions had negotiated with Gov. Jim Justice. House members later Saturday wouldn't agree to the Senate's move.

Two Republicans and one Democrat from each chamber will serve on the conference committee. House of Delegates spokesman Jared Hunt said Sunday no meeting had been scheduled. It wasn't yet clear when the committee would meet.

According to the state Department of Education, schools statewide have been canceled on Monday.

Justice said in a statement Saturday night his sole focus is "getting our children back to school. This wrangling needs to stop right now."

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