West Virginia is a red state, and not just in presidential politics.
Just take a look at the "School Closings - At a Glance" map put out by the state Department of Education on its website.
The map -- which sports different colors for delayed opens, early dismissals and closings -- is a solid red (for closings) since all 680 public schools in the state's 55 counties are closed because of the ongoing teachers' strike there .
West Virginia employs nearly 20,000 classroom teachers in its public schools and has more than 277,000 students enrolled.
Teachers hit the picket lines last week , demanding higher wages and better benefits. In 2016, West Virginia ranked 48th in the nation for average teacher salary, according to the National Education Association .
Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation Wednesday giving teachers a pay raise, but educators said it wasn't enough and it didn't address other areas of concern like insurance and health care costs, so they went on strike.