Woodland Hills street becomes chanting ground for LA teachers strike supporters


Dozens of students, parents and teachers took to the streets in Woodland Hills Friday to show their support for Los Angeles teachers who are expected to go on strike Monday.

Daneh Gallo, a fifth-grade teacher from Welby Way Elementary School, in West Hills, said she was not concerned about a pay raise but rather about her class size.

“I had kids who were on a suicide watch and kids who were depressed,” she said, adding that with social media “the essence of our jobs has changed, but the district is not acknowledging that.”

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  • A passing student looks out at about 100 parents and students ralling in support of LAUSD teachers at the corner of Topanga and Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills Friday afternoon. Los Angeles Unified School District Teachers may go out on strike Monday. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Mia Medina, a senior at Kennedy high, rallies in support of LAUSD teachers at the corner of Topanga and Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills Friday afternoon. Medina, who has been the morning school announcer for Kennedy for 4 years was told she could no longer perform the duty by the principal this morning after she added her support to the teachers strike during her announcements. Los Angeles Unified School District Teachers may go out on strike Monday. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • Kennedy High teacher Aaron Kahlenberg rallies with about 100 parents and students in support of LAUSD teachers at the corner of Topanga and Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills Friday afternoon. Los Angeles Unified School District Teachers may go out on strike Monday. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • About 100 parents and students rally in support of LAUSD teachers at the corner of Topanga and Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills Friday afternoon. Los Angeles Unified School District Teachers may go out on strike Monday. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • About 100 parents and students rally in support of LAUSD teachers at the corner of Topanga and Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills Friday afternoon. Los Angeles Unified School District Teachers may go out on strike Monday. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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At the rally, students held signs that read “Teachers just want to have funds,” “Speed limit 45 and not class size,” and chanted “Together united, we’ll never be divided,” drawing honks of solidarity from passing cars.

Mia Medina, a student at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, a morning school announcer for three years, said she was removed by the school’s principal Friday after expressing her support for teachers.

“Just this morning I said on the announcements, ‘teachers, we support you,” Median,17, said. “My principal approached me and said he wanted me off the announcements simply because I said I support teachers. I don’t think that’s fair.”

#Kennedy high senior Mia Medina was banned from doing morning announcements after she voiced her support for teachers Friday morning. #LAUSD #LAUSDStrike pic.twitter.com/gbrtJqjEer

— David Crane (@vidcrane) January 12, 2019

She added that both students and teachers are “going through a tough time and it’s going to be difficult to teach 50 students in a classroom. I have teachers who are family members and friends, and I support them 100 percent.”

L.A. Unified had no comment. All told, nearly 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles are set to walk out on Monday after nearly two years of bargaining over a new contract with the district have failed.

Elementary school students Julian and Violet said they were planning to join the teacher’s strike Monday because they wanted smaller classes, so they could “learn more and get a better education.”

“We have 24 students now,” Violet said,” but when we get older we are going to have more students.”

Mary Jo Reimer, from Bertrand Avenue Elementary School, in Reseda, said she deals with overcrowded classes on a daily basis.

“Twenty-eight children for one teacher is a lot,” she said.


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Source:  https://www.dailynews.com/2019/01/11/woodland-hills-street-become-chanting-ground-for-la-teachers-strike-supporters/



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