Recap of the Teacher Strike

Six days of missed school brought change to LAUSD

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Teachers in the LA area were on from January 14 to January 22  to fight for their rights as well for their students education. Teachers from Bell sacrificed teaching in the classroom to protest for a better salary, smaller class sizes, more teachers, and a full time nurse.

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  • Students stand in solidarity with their teachers.

    Katherine Rodriguez

  • A sea of red

  • A child stands tall amidst a crowd of protesters, striking for her, and so many other children's rights. At Bell, teachers have had up to 50 kids in a classroom. "In the past I’ve had as many as 52 students in a class...if the cap is 39, then there are going to be teachers that are not going to have 47, not going to have 50 kids in a room; everyone will have a chair which is kind of important," says Mr. Moreno, AP Physics and Environmental Science teacher.

  • Bell High organized as a collective force for UTLA press conference on Friday the 19th as news teams covered the scene.

  • Rainy weather did not stop teachers from striking.

  • Mr. Moreno's truck captures the gratitude we should all feel for our teachers. Thank you Teachers!

    Katherine Rodriguez

  • *whistle* *whistle* Listen up guys!

  • Teachers passionately march in the rain for their rights and student's education. "It was more challenging than I expected. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I didn’t expect it to be so psychological and physically [draining]," says Mrs. Peña, Magnet AP English Literature teacher.

  • Peppa Pig joins the strike.

  • Bell teachers, students, and staff marched in solidarity every day on Florence and Atlantic and often in the rain.

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I was just overwhelmed because I wanted to be in the classroom and it was hard coming to work and just staying outside.”

— Mrs. Pena

It was great to see that so much student and community support and parent support for the strike and for the issues that the teachers were clamoring for change for.”

— Mr. Trujillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ThErE's nO fUnDs...for public schools...supposedly

  • @Austin Buetner

  • The district had one thing on its mind, money; teachers, education.

  • The District swore students were being taught during the strike. Here's a list of movies that were being shown across the district instead.

  • Parents rally in support of the strike

  • Bell students and family stand in solidarity with teachers during UTLA press conference in front of Bell High School, Friday morning, January 18.

  • North Gate Market staff comes out in support of our teachers, providing them with food and drinks. As Mr. Trujillo said, "It was great to see so much student and community support...for the strike and for the issues that the teachers were clamoring for.”

  • "[The press conference] ended with students and teachers and parents dancing in front of the school and I wasn’t dancing, but I was watching and just thought, ‘man this is so cool like, when does this ever happen?’ You know, when everybody is out here dancing in front of the school. It was just a very... surreal experience. This is so different than our everyday, but this is what we need to do, we need to experience joy " reflects Ms. Salanoa

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Teachers were not alone in the UTLA movement. Students joined in solidarity. During the strike, teachers were not in the classroom so students did not get their regular education but were stuck in auditoriums and cafeterias with limited supervision, working on elementary and middle school level assignments. 

When asked if the work students were doing in school was equivalent to what is being learned with regular teachers, and whether it even worth it to be at school during the strike, Mr. Tejada said, “Although these conditions were present for a week, LAUSD still wanted schools open.”

It ended with students and teachers and parents dancing in front of the school and I wasn’t dancing, but I was watching and just thought, ‘man this is so cool like, when does this ever happen?”

— Ms. Salanoa - Librarian

I felt like it was the first time that everybody was seeing how much it takes to educate our kids, you know, and it’s not just the teachers. Because if it had just been us [the teachers] I don’t think we would have won.”

— Mrs. Pena

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