Greenbrier County teachers take to the street

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GREENBRIER COUNTY, W. Va. (WDBJ7) It’s the third day with West Virginia schools closed in a dispute between state government and teachers over pay and benefits.

“We’re not just sitting around waiting," says teacher Sandra Beale. "We’re working.”

With pretty frequent approval, as one car after another toots its horn while passing.

Greenbrier teachers were out by Route 219 with signs to show passersby why they’re not in the classroom.

“We just want the public to know that we’re doing this for all public employees, not just teachers," says Beale. "And that we’re not just sitting at home because schools are closed. We want us to be seen and the community to see us that we’re for their students, their kids.”

It’s really all they can do here, with negotiations ongoing in Charleston.

“'Cause we would rather be teaching in our classrooms," Beale explains. "And I think our students would much rather be there – whether they admit it or not, they would. And we want to get this resolved so we can get back.”