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Special ed teachers Tiffany Brooks and Jacquelyn Price Ward and teaching assistant Willie Cousins picket in front of Bond Elementary in Englewood on the first day of the CTU strike.
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"This here is not about the money," said teaching assistant Diana Stanford, a 25-year veteran of Bond Elementary.
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Striking teachers at Bond Elementary in Englewood demand smaller class sizes and more support staff.
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A Bond Elementary teaching assistant works a second job while also going to school and taking care of her five children alone. "We’re struggling. We do it for the kids and we need to be paid for what it is that we do."
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Belinda Ezell, a support staffer at Bond says she dyes her hair green to help kids learn their colors.
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Second-grade teacher Lauren McCue says she's had classes as big as 38 kids in past years at Bond. "I want my kids to get everything they can possibly get."
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Bond Elementary security guard Barbara Hall is a member of SEIU Local 73, picketing in solidarity with CTU.
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Special education teacher Herb Singleton has taught at Bond elementary for three years, and went there himself in the 1970s.
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Bond Elementary in Englewood sits along a stretch of 71st Street renamed for Emmett Till.
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Picketing teachers solicited horn honks from passing cars on 71st Street in Englewood.
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Bond Elementary school in Englewood is struggling with a staff shortage and overcrowded classrooms.
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On the first morning of the CTU strike, about two dozen Bond Elementary teachers and staff picketed in front of the school.
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Members of SEIU Local 73, which represents thousands of staffers at CPS schools, picketed in solidarity with striking CTU members.
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Chicago Teachers Union members on strike in Englewood.
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Only about a dozen students had come to spend the day at the building during the first morning of the teacher strike at Bond Elementary.
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