Rosa Berrelleza and her daughter Angela Bedolla, student at Verdugo High School

Many parents are not planning on sending their kids to school if there is a strike. Such is the case of Rosa Berrelleza is one of those parents. Her 15-year-old daughter, Angela Bedolla, attends Verdugo High School.

 “I wouldn’t send my daughter to school in support of the teachers,” she told the (italics) San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol (italics).

United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), which represents teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), had originally set a strike date for Jan. 10, after nearly two years of contract negotiations had not brought forth a new deal. That strike date was postponed to Jan. 14.

Both the union and LAUSD officials were to continue their negotiations today, Jan. 11. The union is seeking a pay increase and smaller class sizes among other demands. The current contract ends on Sunday, Jan. 13.Many parents are not planning on sending their kids to school if there is a strike. Such is the case of Rosa Berrelleza, whose 15-year-old daughter, Angela Bedolla, attends Verdugo High School.

  Berrelleza recalled that when she was in high school in San Diego there was a teacher strike, and her mom took her out of school and even joined in the protests. 

She plans on doing the same this time with her daughter, if need be. 

“I wouldn’t cross the picket lines,” she said. “I totally believe what they (the teachers) are asking for. The number of students per class is too high. I hear there are 37 students in different classes and I don’t think that’s fair.” 

She also agrees that there should be more nurses and staff assigned to schools. 

Berrelleza says her daughter has told her many other classmates have told her they won’t attend classes either. 

And she doesn’t see the value of sending her daughter to school so she can end up in the gym or the auditorium for hours without any instruction. 

“They won’t have enough substitute teachers for every classroom,” Berrelleza said. “I don’t know the kind of chaos there’s going to be.”