LAUSD teachers on strike get creative with their picket signs

Striking teachers Karissa Reese, left, and Edith Chavelas work at the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. They used homemade signs to get their message across on Jan. 14.
(Melissa Gomez / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles teachers on strike had a little fun on the picket lines Monday morning, holding up creative homemade signs to highlight what they’re fighting for.

Some emphasized class sizes, stressing how overcrowded their classrooms are.

Karissa Reese, who works at the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts held a sign that read “We aren’t sardines. Lower class sizes.”

Her colleague Edith Chavelas stood beside her, with a sign riffing off Dr. Seuss that read “Oh the places they’ll go, if schools had funding.” (She had covered it in a plastic bag to protect it from the rain.)


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Picketers in a group outside John Marshall High School each held up a bowling pin with words such as “unfair pay,” “under-staffing” and others reflecting issues facing L.A. educators — perhaps a play on the word “strike.”


Also at Marshall High, a picketer’s sign read “43 in a class is like sardines in a can,” and at the Cortines School, a strike supporter had a message for L.A. Unified School District officials: “OMG LAUSD, WTF (where’s the funds)”

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