LAUSD teachers and supporters protest on first day of strike, on January 14, 2019. Photo by Óscar Vargas.

Editors note: this post will be updated with reporters’ notes throughout the #LAUSDStrike.

Day Five – Friday, Jan 18

Roxana Dueñas with poster for UTLA strike campaign. Photo by Andrea Galdámez.

On Friday, Roosevelt High School senior Andrea Galdámez interviewed Roxana Dueñas, the ethnic studies teacher from her school that was chosen as the image for the strike campaign by the teachers’ union, United Teachers LA.

Dueñas told Galdámez that she was honored to have been picked by artist Ernesto Yerena for the posters, and that she was humbled by the experience.

Day Four – Thursday, Jan 17

On Thursday, students continued to report on declining attendance at their schools. Senior Carmen González posted this on Twitter about her school, Méndez High:

A young source at Bravo High School, student Kazi Salsabil, sent our reporter Naomi Pedraza these pictures of a near-empty cafeteria at Bravo Magnet.  Our Andy García said his sources told him that the full attendance for the school that day was only 98 students.

Near empty room at Bravo High school.
Photos by Kazi Salsabil.

Day Three – Wednesday, Jan 16

Photo by Luisa Gárate.

On Wednesday, Roosevelt High School senior Luisa Gárate spoke to a Boyle Heights resident who opened up her home to striking teachers from Sheridan Street Elementary School.

The woman, Leticia Burgoin, said she was a former teacher at Sheridan and now teaches at Bridge Street Elementary, another Boyle Heights School.

“Just because we’re at a public school, it doesn’t mean that [our students] don’t deserve the same as the charter schools,” she told Gárate.

Also on Wednesday, Roosevelt High School senior Óscar Vargas photographed teachers protesting at his school:

Photo by Óscar Vargas.

Day Two – Tuesday, Jan 15

On Tuesday, Roosevelt senior Andrea Galdámez covered the teachers’ rally in front of the California Charter Schools Association. She filed this report:

Also on Tuesday, our students continued to field reports from friends and peers at various area schools, documenting low student attendance:

Day One – Monday, Jan 14

On Monday, about 31,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) walked out of their jobs, the first strike by Los Angeles teachers in over 30 years. Teachers’ demands include smaller class sizes, more support staff and better pay. Bargaining with the Los Angeles Unified School District had broken off the Friday before.

Méndez High School

Carmen González, a senior at Méndez High School, reported Monday that despite the rain and cold weather, striking teachers at her school were upbeat.  She found that local vendors had donated coffee and snacks for teachers and their supporters:

Striking teachers at Méndez High School. Photo by Carmen González.
Food donated for striking teachers at Méndez High School. Photo by Carmen González.









González noted that only 106 students –less than 10% of the student body– attended that day:

Bravo Magnet High School

Attendance was reportedly higher at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet, where Noemí Pedraza saw a group of 11th graders crammed in the school library.

11th graders crammed into a library at Bravo High School. Photo by Noemí Pedraza.











Pedraza noted that students at her school were asked to fill out “characteristics” surveys such as this one:

Stevenson Middle School

A collaborator from Stevenson shared a brief video of students there at the school gym:

On the first day, strikers and supporters marched from City Hall to the LAUSD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Roosevelt High School senior Luisa Gárate was there and provided some photos:

Teachers and supporters march to LAUSD headquarters. Photo by Luisa Gárate







Photo above: LAUSD teachers and supporters protest on first day of strike, on January 14, 2019. Photo by Óscar Vargas.

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