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Columbus Teachers Strike. Interview from the Picket Line on Tuesday.
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Hey y’all! We went down to Columbus to cover the teacher strike. It’s a developing story, so stay tuned!
Columbus Teacher Strikes. Interview with Regina Fuentes.
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This is Columbus, Ohio. 4,500 Teachers are out on strike here. We're on the picket line. The energy is freaking incredible out here. Let's listen to what they have to say.
Regina Fuentes, Columbus Education Association Spokesperson
I have been teaching for 23 years all in Columbus, and I teach high school English. My name is Regina Fuentes, and I am the CEA spokesperson.
Tell me about why the teachers are out on strike today in Columbus.
Columbus City Schools are over 100 years old. We've only just in the last maybe two decades, started rebuilding schools. And we're dealing with you know, mice and bugs and just lights going out, or power outages, heat that doesn't work, windows that don't open, you know, doors that won't lock… There are all these things we shouldn't be dealing with, you know.
It’s hard for a child to learn under those conditions?
It’s hard for a child to learn. They can't learn, they can't function and you know, the district really needs to realize that. And another thing we're asking for is to reduce the class size. We also want to have our elementary schools have things like PE, and art, and music — those things that help with your social and emotional well-being. You may have a teacher, a PE teacher who has to go to maybe three, or four buildings. It doesn't make any sense.
We're using our power right now, in this way, in order to let them know that, you know, you need us in order to keep this machine moving.
What do you want the general public to know?
That we love our students, and we want to be back in the classroom. We cannot wait to be back in the classroom with our kids. But it's not going to be under the status quo that we've always had to accept.
We need to change things and we need to do it now.
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