Mayeli Acuna & Katie Adaya
As Jan. 10 approaches, the controversy between LAUSD teachers and the school board tenses up. The district tried to ban special education teachers from striking, but were denied by a judge. LAUSD filed a “federal court paper seeking an order to prevent a strike by members of United Teachers Los Angeles who provide special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students,” according to CBS Los Angeles.
Ms. Zeineddine, a special education teacher at Hollywood High School, explained how “disappointing to know that is coming from our superintendent in the district we represent and how much we invest and love our students, special ed, gen ed, any student…”
Following that, this situation targeted specific students. “To target our specific students and make it seem out of a place of caring so much now and it makes me question well.. Why now? There is a lot of times when we are wanting a lot of support for our students and don’t feel heard.” That shows the lack of consideration the district has not only for the teachers but for the students.
Not much on how the school will be conducted during the strike is known. However, what is known is that “the only people that are going to be here are the administrators, the principals, secretaries, the cafeteria staff, and security,” said Raul Grijalva, Hollywood High SAS counselor.
The administration will be in charge of controlling the school while the teachers participate in the strike. “My guess is that they’ll just put a lot of people in the auditorium and library. As far as lesson plans, we don’t know. They haven’t told us anything. It’s all up in the air, we don’t know,” said Grijalva.
It is uncertain if the strike will still take place Thursday, Jan. 10 or be postponed. After a court hearing today, a decision will be made. Stay tuned with the Crimson Chronicle for more updates regarding the strike.