Monday marked the first day of the LAUSD strike. I remember talks of striking when I first worked for the district, but never thought it would really happen, especially during my teaching career. I have many thoughts, questions, and opinions about this strike. It’s a scary and worrisome experience. I don’t want to strike, I’d rather be teaching, but this is important. Yes, I’m worried about bills that I might not be able to pay. I’m worried about my students. I’m worried that this strike will last weeks. I’m worried that we will be striking and end up not getting anything. But, taking a stand for our students’ education, taking a stand for what our students deserve, taking a stand for more funding at our schools, taking a stand for making the public education system better instead of turning our backs on it, taking a stand for our occupation as teachers is important. With all the worry, stress, and fear, I have to leave it all aside and think of the brighter picture. Our students and their education are important. We teachers are important.
What is the LAUSD Strike About?
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Lower class sizes
Every student, everybody, learns differently. How can we accommodate and take time to focus on our students’ needs when there are 40+ kids in a class. How can we help those struggling learners on a daily basis when our rooms are stuffed with students? How can our students concentrate and move around in their classrooms when they are so packed?
More nurses and counselors in schools
I watched a video where a teacher talks about a school shooting that occurred on February 2018. There were injured kids, but there was no nurse on campus to help them. Why? Because their school nurse is only at the school 2 times a week. Sadly, the day of the shooting was one of the days the nurse wasn’t there.
My friend’s niece goes to a school where she has a nurse once a week, for half the day.
There are nurses who have multiple schools that they need to go to. One nurse splits her time between four different schools.
There are counselors who counsel over 1,000 students at different schools. 1,000 kids per 1 counselor.
How are we supposed to take the time to really invest in and help our students, and give them our time to help them when counselors have so many students that they need to tend to? There are so many students who need our help. Students who need support, guidance, safety, resources, and health. How are students supposed to learn when they’re feeling ill and the school nurse is the only source of health care they have? How can students learn when they have challenges and deal with trauma from home? We need more nurses and more counselors to help support our students who are the future of America.
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To all my fellow educators, counselors, nurses, I support you all and believe in what you do for our students. Stay strong, stay united!
With Beauty , Grace, and Love