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Here’s What Chris Pratt Texted Anna Faris After Proposing To His Girlfriend

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:59 AM PST

Anna Faris had the perfect reply when hearing about her ex’s engagement news

If you’re looking for signs of bitterness and animosity between former spouses Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, you’ll be sorely disappointed. By all accounts, the exes and parents of six-year-old son Jack are on extremely good terms. So good, in fact, that when Pratt let his ex-wife know that he was newly engaged, her response was full of nothing but love.

Seriously, these two are peaceful co-parenting goals.

It would be easy for an ex to harbor ill feelings or be jealous when their former partner moves on, but there’s none of that for Faris and Pratt after he told her the big news of his engagement to girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger. On a recent episode of her podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified, she told her listeners how it went down.

"Chris texted me this morning and he was like, 'I proposed to Katherine last night.' And I was like, 'Ahh, that's amazing,'” she recounts. And because she’s hilarious as well as incredibly gracious and good-natured, Faris said, "And I texted him back like, 'I just wanted to remind you I'm an ordained minister.' I'm not very good at it …"

She didn’t even stop there. It’s clear these two still love and respect each other — and wish only for the other to be happy. "I'm so happy for them," she said. "I knew that it was gonna happen and I love her and I love him and I'm just so happy that they found each other."

Because Pratt is her son’s father. It makes total sense that she wants him to be happy so Jack has a happy dad. Our hearts.

Instagram Photo

From all accounts, that love between all parties is very real. After all, Faris, Pratt, Schwarzenegger, and Faris’ partner Michael Barrett all went together to take Jack trick-or-treating last fall. The group is clearly committed to the little guy’s stability and happiness, which is wonderful.

In an interview with Women’s Health last year, Faris explained the philosophy she and Pratt share. "What Chris and I try to do is communicate openly," the Mom star said. "We reiterate that there aren't rules to this. We have a lot of love and friendship and our big goal is to protect Jack. I cherish my family, my close friends, my child — that makes the rest of it worth it."

To even further drive home the great vibes between Jack’s mom and dad, Faris was sure to congratulate the couple on Pratt’s Instagram post announcing that he and Schwarzenegger were engaged.

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Image via Instagram/Chris Pratt

This is the age of social media, and one day, Jack will be old enough to navigate the ‘net by himself, and the way his parents treated each other in the wake of their divorce will be on full display. It’s sweet to see that both parents are making sure that their kiddo will only see stuff like this — his mom and dad happily going their separate ways and supporting each other throughout. Of course, it’s not always possible to maintain such good relations between exes, but if parted parents are still able to peaceably co-parent, that’s a huge win for their children.

Jack is a lucky little guy to have not just two, but four parent figures in his life who love him enough to make sure there’s no drama. Anna and Chris are basically killing it in the post-divorce co-parenting department.

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Screw Flowers, THIS Is The Kind Of Bouquet Women Want For Valentine’s Day

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 06:58 AM PST

Hold the real flowers this year, okay? This is what we REALLY want

Flowers are nice, sure, but they die. And before they die, they wilt. And we have to clean them up and wash the vase and ugh, it’s just another thing we have to deal with instead of a romantic gesture.

But chocolate? Chocolate is the gift that keeps on giving and is literally always welcome — especially in the form of this amazing Reese’s bouquet.

Walmart has apparently synced up with our period calendars and Valentine’s Day this year by offering this Reese’s Extravaganza Bouquet. And my God, would you just look at it? It’s breathtaking and now I’m mentally redoing all of my wedding flowers because can you imagine reception tables covered in these babies? Forget flowers. We want candy — all of it. We want it now.

Image via Walmart.com

This peanut butter and chocolate-filled amazingness comes complete with 36 full-size peanut butter cups. THIRTY-SIX. That should last us a good three days or so, right? Plus, it actually comes with some lovely flowers! Just not the kind that require any upkeep whatsoever (they’re fake), so you can shove that Reese’s goodness in your mouth and still admire some flowers at the same time — all while knowing you don’t have to clean up a single dang thing.

Screw Flowers, THIS Is The Kind Of Bouquet Women Want For Valentine's Day

The Reese’s Extravaganza Bouquet is currently priced at the (very fair, in my opinion) amount of $44.99 and can literally be picked up at any Walmart right away, so hello, convenience. Speaking of convenience, since no part of this magical gift can die, these bouquets can be purchased well in advance of Valentine’s Day, so no more last-minute fellas at the grocery store buying whatever hideous arrangements are left at 5pm on February 14th.

If Reese’s peanut butter cups aren’t your thing, or your significant other’s thing (in which case, what kind of monsters are we dealing with here?!), Walmart also offers other candy versions of these stunning symbols of everlasting love.

Behold, this very elegant Twizzlers Candy Bouquet:

Image via Walmart.com

And this beauteous KitKat bouquet:

Image via Walmart.com

And the playful M&Ms bouquet — with peanut and plain, respectively:

Image via Walmart.com

So please, hold the real flowers this Valentine’s Day, because flowers die and candy is delicious. Give us the chocolate, sugary, endless goodness we need and deserve.

Screw Flowers, THIS Is The Kind Of Bouquet Women Want For Valentine's Day

Now if you’ll excuse me, I refuse to wait for my husband to buy this (mostly because I don’t want to share) and I’ll be buying the Reese’s one for myself. Feel free to join — there are no rules stopping us.

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This Is What It Means To Be Nonbinary

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 06:00 PM PST

"Hi. My name is Amber. I use they/them pronouns."

This is how I introduce myself to people I am meeting for the first time or to crowds of people I am about to speak to during one of my teaching seminars on LGBTQ issues.

I am nonbinary. I do not identify as male or female, but as a perfect mix of both. Out of respect for myself, I tell people the pronouns I want them to use when talking to and about me. This is also a way to respect the person I am talking to because I am providing an inclusive and safe space for them to comfortably tell me how they would like to be referred to. In other words, I am a human with feelings, who, while wanting respect, wants to protect and respect the feelings of other humans I interact with.

Let me tell you what it means to me to be nonbinary.

First of all, if you are still with me, being nonbinary means daily interactions with people living in one of the three following camps:

The accepting, open-minded, and LGBTQ diverse camp: "Cool! Nice to meet you. I use she/her pronouns."

The open-minded but uneducated on LGBTQ topics, wants to be accepting but doesn’t really understand camp: "Um. I don't really know what nonbinary means. I might mess this up, but can you explain this to me?"

The bigoted, closed-minded, self-righteous, and motivated to live in privileged comfort rather than see the world from a wider perspective camp. The camp that can’t see that other people's thoughts, beliefs, and identities should be respected even when disagreement or misunderstanding happens. AKA the Louis C.K. camp of douchery.

"They're like royalty!" C.K. said in a recent stand up bit while referring to transgender and nonbinary people. "They tell you what to call them. 'You should address me as they/them, because I identify as gender neutral…’ Oh, okay. You should address me as 'there' because I identify as a location. And the location is your mother's cunt."

Let me promise you, being nonbinary is NOTHING like royalty; it's more like being kicked over and over again while listening to people like Louis C.K. telling me I am garbage, laughable, and a burden to their capacity to be kind.

Being nonbinary, for me, also means trying to get the people in the second camp—I hope this is where the majority of you are—to better understand me and transgender and nonbinary folks and terminology so you can be allies. And, as allies, part of your job will be to educate others so that you can bump up to the top cabin of acceptance and inclusivity. It's pretty great here, you're gonna want to bring jammies and stay a while.

I was assigned female at birth based on my sexual anatomy. However, I have always had a sense that I am also male. Over the course of my life and by finally finding the language to describe the differences I feel to people who identify within the binary of being male or female, I have accepted that I am a mix of both. I am neither male nor female; I am both male and female. I know this in the same way YOU know you are male, female, nonbinary, or another gender. Our gender identity is something that is just there. We can choose to ignore it, but we can't choose to make it be what it is not.

Because I am not solely male or female, the gendered language used to describe these two genders does not feel good on me. I hate being referred to as lady, ma'am, sir, or buddy. Female pronouns sting more than male because those are the ones I hear the most and because they indicate that people identify me based on the female features (hips, boobs, curves) I hate. Again, I don't speak for all nonbinary or transgender people, but I have tremendous body dysphoria. I do not feel comfortable in my body. I plan to make surgical changes at some point, but being nonbinary also means hating parts of my body, which leads to anxiety, depression, and dark thoughts.

To accommodate my authentic self, I express my gender through masculine and androgynous clothing and hair styles. I have also asked family, friends, and strangers to use they/them pronouns when referring to me. Two things regarding this:

One: I understand your knee-jerk reaction to tell me that those are plural pronouns, and you just can't wrap your head around using a plural word to describe a singular person. Well, let me reassure you that  the word “they” has also been used as a singular pronoun for centuries. You have likely used it in the singular form too. And know that when you do it again, you will be correct.

Dictionary.com explains it well: "Etymologists estimate that as far back as the 1300s, they has been used as a gender neutral pronoun, a word that was substituted in place of either he (a masculine singular pronoun) or she (a feminine singular pronoun). When we don't know the gender of the person we're talking about, they really comes in handy. It's also a good way for people who don't identify with the binary genders of female and male to describe themselves because they and them are not gendered."

Two: If I and other nonbinary people are asking you to use these pronouns when referring to us, the appropriate thing is to do it. I use your correct pronouns; you should use mine. It's okay to not feel comfortable, to make mistakes, and to Google stuff so you can better understand what nonbinary people think and feel. Let me assure you though, when we are properly gendered and respected, we feel good and comfortable around you. When we are made fun of, misgendered, and constantly asked to do the emotional and intellectual work of educating you so that you feel comfortable, we feel like shit.

When you choose your own comfort and what you think is right because you refuse to see me as a human asking for respect, you get to bunk with the assholes in Camp Douchery. I understand there is a learning curve, but at some point you just need to get your shit together and do the work.

Being nonbinary is something I am proud of. It's lonely and frustrating when people can't see who I am beyond the binary of male and female. I am constantly asked to explain myself and then absorb other people's discomfort. Yet, I do it because it's who I am.

If I am to live my best life, it starts like this: "Hi. My name is Amber. I use they/them pronouns."

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Why We Need LGBTQ Inclusive Sex Education Curriculums In Schools

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 06:00 PM PST

I was talking to a friend and her teenage daughter the other day about my advocacy work and the LGBTQ trainings I offer. My focus is on getting schools and work places to be as LGBTQ inclusive as possible. But if we are going to talk about universal inclusivity, then we need to talk about all the universal topics. So I asked the teenager how her middle school handles sexual education. She rolled her eyes, "Pshtpt. Not well." Her mom was exasperated too. The teen rolled her eyes, "How are we supposed to be comfortable learning if they aren't comfortable teaching?"

I followed up with a question for which I already knew the answer, but I wanted confirmation. "Do they talk about anything other than penis meets vagina sex and straight relationships? What about intimacy and consent? Do they talk about LGBTQ issues?"

No. Nope. Oh, hell no. Sigh.

There is a group for queer kids at my friend's daughter's school and she has queer friends, yet they are being left out of vital information that benefits their physical and sexual health. And if the straight cisgender kids are uncomfortable learning about sexual health, imagine how the queer and transgender kids are feeling.

No, let me tell you. They feel ignored, and it's hurting them. In some cases, the lack of affirmation and support is literally killing them. 75% of queer kids have been bullied; LGBTQ youth and teens are 4 times as likely to self-harm or attempt suicide as their straight peers, and 50% of transgender teen boys have attempted suicide.

We need LGBTQ inclusive sex education curriculums in schools to help prevent these problems. Sex ed in this country is an embarrassment. Truthout.org reports that 31 states still stress abstinence before straight marriage—meaning they are assuming the only kind of sex is “heterosexual intercourse.” The Center for American Progress revealed that only 24 states mandate sex education, and only 8 mention consent. The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States reports only four states plus Washington, DC are LGBTQ-inclusive and supportive of different sexual orientations and gender identities.

The real kick in the teeth is that seven states ban teaching anything that is considered LGBTQ-accepting or inclusive.

Alabama is one of those seven states to exclude queer people. But to really drive their point home that we are considered worthless, the state mandates teachers to tell students that homosexuality is not an acceptable "lifestyle" and that "homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state."

Arizona—another one of the seven states banning LGBTQ inclusivity—is looking at a proposal that could fire teachers for talking about LGBTQ rights. If the bill becomes law, teachers will be required to take ethics trainings and follow a code of ethics designed by a heavily membered Republican state legislature. Teachers would not be allowed to talk about anything "controversial" like race, religion, politics, or ideology. Republican State Representative Mark Finchem thinks this will eliminate "indoctrination."

These stunts are "No Pro Homo laws" that have allowed conservative and religious groups to push their agenda of discrimination by saying their laws are trying to clear spaces of any personal or political–read gay–agendas. Basically, bigots are finding ways to not look like fearmongering, ignorant bigots while marginalized people are just trying to live safe and productive lives with equal rights.

So while all of this is happening, kids keep being queer. And as those kids get older, just like the straight ones, they start having sex. Let me rewind: straight teens have sex. Queer teens have sex. You can preach abstinence all you want, and you can ignore our existence, but preventing fires is easier than putting them out.

Sexual health and education needs to look a lot different than it does now because it's just not a complete representation of the sex our teens are having now or–ahem–have been for years. I don't believe in straight sex vs. gay sex. Sex acts do not determine your sexuality but your sexuality may determine what kind of sex acts you want to consensually do with a partner (or two or three).

While one sexual identity may prefer one of these acts over the other, anal sex, oral sex, and vaginal penetration (whether it's a penis, fingers, or dildo) all need to be talked about in a way that includes straight and queer kids. This will take away the stigma around sex, reduce homophobia, and will better inform teens of how to stay healthy. Queer kids deserve the right to make good decisions about sex too.

Here's another reason why we can't call it gay and straight sex. If two teen boys are dating and one happens to be a transgender boy with female sexual anatomy, their "gay" sex may be what many would call "straight" sex. Pregnancy and STIs are possible in that gay relationship. Or perhaps a transgender boy is dating a cisgender female. Their "straight" sex is very different than "heterosexual intercourse." Gender, sexual anatomy, and sexuality intersect in many beautiful ways.

Also, transgender boys can and do have periods. Menstruation needs to be talked about with all genders, because it's biology and science is for everyone. Get over yourselves, cis dudes. Support the bleeders in your life and have a little empathy, knowledge, and throw a few tampons in the men's bathroom. This shit is hard. We don't need shame.

Protection from STIs and unwanted pregnancies needs to be the top priority and if sexually active teenagers don't know how to prevent these things, they will either find false information or no information at all. If we are going to talk about sex, shouldn't we talk about the relationships between people having it? If we are to chip away at rape culture and domestic abuse, we need to talk about consent, autonomy, and intimacy too.

We need to make sex education in this country more comprehensive. We need to make it more LGBTQ inclusive and affirming. Too many queer kids are putting themselves at risk from lack of knowledge. Too many are hurting from lack of support. And too many are killing themselves from lack of acceptance. Excluding LGBTQ topics from any conversation doesn't mean the topics don't exist; it means the people excluding us are choosing their ignorance and comfort over our right for respect and recognition.

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What To Keep In Mind With That ‘How Did You Age’ Challenge

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 06:00 PM PST

Hanging in my father's house is a picture of me from when I was in high school. I'm standing next to my first Jeep that I ever owned, so I know I was a Junior or Senior. For the longest time, every time I walked by that picture in his hallway I would sigh and think to myself, look how young and skinny I am! I'm the thinnest that I had ever been, I'm wearing makeup, my hair is done. If you were to compare a picture of me today to that picture, let's just say that none of those apply.

Recently I've been seeing this "Aging Challenge" on social media. I will admit, it's fun to see how you have changed over the years, for better or for worse. Someone pointed out that camera filters have come a long way over the years and it really shows. How true that statement is!

But I want to talk about the things that are not overly obvious about the old pictures of you. They only show what's on the outside. Yes, I am younger and skinnier in those old high school pictures of me. Want to know what else I was? A self-conscious teenager who had a lot of emotional baggage.

After having children, I'm not sure if it's that I gained more self-confidence after the ordeal or if I'm older and wiser and just don't care as much anymore. Some days I have a pity party for myself but others I think how great I look for a woman that has carried two children. Either way, I'm in a better mental state than my younger, skinnier self. What people don't see when looking at these old photographs of me are a laundry list of issues that a lot of young women go through.

In the picture, my hands are clasped in front of me because I would always do the stance where you use your arms to try and block your belly. I don't do that now. I don't care. I'm the embarrassing mom in the background waving her arms like a crazy person while my kids roll their eyes.

I always thought I was fat and therefore didn't eat if I could avoid it. I remember seeing my hip bones and ribs in the mirror and being smug and satisfied. That meant I was looking good in my bathing suit. It also meant I had become severely anemic. I would get horrible bloody noses and bruises around my hips because I had to belt my pants on so tight to keep them up.

I had this awful idea in my head that if I didn't turn the head of every male I passed then I wasn't good enough and I needed to eat less, exercise more, do my hair and make up better. I took it as a personal failure if a guy didn't give me a creepy leer. Even those who I was not interested in.

Today, I am no longer hour glass figured. There are more wrinkles on my face and my hair and makeup are almost never done. But I walk with my head held high and don't cover my belly in pictures. I laugh obnoxiously loud and eat what I want. If a guy does give me the eye these days, I'm more creeped out than impressed. Overall, things are better in life.

So just because you may think that you look younger and skinnier or prettier in your old pictures, just remember all the other things you had going on at the time and all the obstacles you have overcome to survive to today! Everything is not always as it seems in pictures. Yes, you aged, obviously. But that also means you’re older and wiser than you once were!

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Gymboree Is Closing All 900 Of Its Stores

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 12:41 PM PST

If you’ve got gift cards or returns to make to the kids’ store Gymboree, you might want to make that happen pretty soon

Children’s clothing store Gymboree is reportedly filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy next week, and it’s also expected to liquidate and close its 900 remaining locations across the country.

This news comes after the kids’ clothing retailer filed for bankruptcy in June 2017 and reemerged in September of the same year.

The San Francisco-based clothing store, which used to have around 1,200 locations, currently operates about 900 stores nationwide, including over 100 outlets. But the struggling store seems to be shuttering its locations for good as its second bankruptcy looms.

In November 2018, the store announced it would discontinue its value chain of stores, Crazy 8, and that it would undergo a company-wide restructure – but that apparently wasn’t enough to save the remaining locations.

The company’s higher-end brand, Janie and Jack, still has over 100 stores open in the U.S., which they reportedly would like to keep open and find a buyer for.

While the brand has not made an official announcement yet, or an announcement on how gift cards will be handled, it’s probably safe to say that you should use them sooner rather than later – or, if you’re a badass, possibly hold them until the big store closing sales start to nab some good liquidation deals.

If you have returns or exchanges to make that are still around from the holidays, definitely put it on the top of your to-do list.

If you’re worried about your local Gymboree Play & Music center, no worries there. The centers were sold to another company in 2016 and seem to be doing well. They will keep operating their parent-kid classes as normal.

This bankruptcy and closure comes a little over a year after beloved toy store Toys ‘R’ Us shuttered its doors. In that case, parents were given pretty ample time to use gift cards, though their website was shut down early, living some in a bind. Hopefully, that won’t happen here and parents can score some adorable deals before Gymboree shuts its doors for good.

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Dad Admits Parenting Is ‘Rarely Fun’ And People Have Thoughts

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 12:41 PM PST

The father of two bravely admitted he’s struggling

Screenwriter, director, and father-of-two, Duncan Jones, caused quite the buzz on social media over the weekend because he admitted something most parents have thought at one time or another — parenting is really freaking hard and not always enjoyable.

"I have 2 kids. 2 1/2 years & 9 months old respectively,” Jones, son of the late David Bowie, wrote on Twitter. “I'll tell you something I never see anyone admit… they are exhausting, frustrating & life-destabilizing. They are rarely fun. Sure, smiles are great, hugs are lovely, but it's HARD & not obviously a good choice in life."

Jones followed his original tweet up with more insight into not only how he feels, but how others will likely perceive his words — defensively. “This is where people feel compelled to say ‘i wouldn't change it for the world!'” he wrote. “But you know… Of course I'd reconsider! It's exhausting! Its banal! It's like looking after a dog you can't housetrain. What it is, is that it is. & they are mine. Hopefully they turn out ok.”

Naturally, people stepped in to immediately tell Jones he’s wrong for feeling his feelings and (gasp) actually admitting them out loud. There’s an entire article that slams Jones because “parenting isn't actually all about him and how he feels.” Except, it is. Parents are humans, too, just like their children. We deserve to have our feelings acknowledged and to be understood.

There’s been a number of responses also meant to shame him for confessing parenting isn’t 24/7 rainbows and butterflies:

Comments like these are not only self-serving, they tend to directly negate the advice these people are trying to give: It’s not about you, either. Jones was simply stating how he, as a father of two young children, is coping in that moment.

But here’s the thing. Kids are exhausting and frustrating and rarely fun, especially when they require your care for every single thing. They are life-destabilizing — anyone who says their lives are the same as before they had kids and are breezing through this parenting gig are lying. And that lie is more damaging, more devastating than any other single thing a person can tell you. It’s ok if you don’t always enjoy it.

Parenting is all-consuming. It takes all of you, every single day, with little recognition. It’s a sacrifice, for many it pays out in spades, but for some, it doesn’t. And that’s ok. It doesn’t mean their children will be cast aside or neglected or unloved. It just means parenting isn’t what they thought it would be. And that sucks.

Luckily, most of the comments on Jones’ post were supportive and encouraging. Many told him it would get better as his kids get older and thanked him for his honestly, because they felt like that, too.

That’s really all we need as parents is support of others, no matter how we’re feeling.

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Over 30,000 L.A. Teachers Are Now On Strike

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 11:55 AM PST

The striking teachers in Los Angeles are demanding better pay, class sizes smaller than 40, and more nurses and counselors available for students

On a rainy Monday morning, over 30,000 teachers walked out their their classrooms in Los Angeles on strike, taking to the streets with posters and umbrellas, to protest worsening school conditions. This morning, they continued to strike.

“On Strike for Our Students,” many of the posters said.

The strike, which is the first in the district in 30 years, was organized by the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), which are currently in the 20th month of failed negotiations with the Los Angeles school district. UTLA is demanding a pay raise for strained teachers, smaller classrooms, more school staffers, and more money for school buildings and supplies.

Tens of thousands of teachers strike in Los Angeles

Aerial footage shows massive teacher strike as tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers walk out in what the union president says is a “fight for the soul of public education.” https://abcn.ws/2FCpobN

Posted by ABC News on Monday, January 14, 2019

UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl spoke during the protest rally outside of John Marshall High School on Monday to a huge — and loud — crowd.

“So here we are on a rainy day in the richest country in the world, in the richest state in the country, in a state as blue as it can be, in a city rife with millionaires, where teachers have to go on strike to get the basics for our students,” he said.

Image via FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Caputo-Pearl, a Los Angeles teacher for 22 years, roused the crowd by speaking about why they weren’t in the classroom that day.

“Here we are in a fight for the soul of public education,” he said. “The question is, do we starve our public neighborhood schools so that they are cut and privatized or do we reinvest in our public neighborhood schools for our students and for a thriving city? We are here to say from the picket lines of Los Angeles that we choose reinvestment.”

Last year, Austin Beutner became the district’s superintendent, despite his history as an investment banker and politician, and no experience as an educator. Instead of closing schools on Monday, he hired hundreds of substitute teachers to break the lines and look after kids who didn’t stay home.

Currently, the district is offering a 6 percent pay raise for two years, 1,200 added nurses and counselors, and classrooms capped at 32 to 39 students, depending on grade and subject. The teachers are demanding a 6.5 percent raise retroactive to 2017 and that won’t have to be renegotiated in just a year.

Teachers on strike told ABC News that 85 percent of LA schools don’t have full-time school nurses, while one remarked that her daughter is in a math class with 46 students – far too many for any individualized attention.

Image FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

As Day two of the strike began this morning, Beutner said that the district lost an estimated $25 million this week because only one-third of the kids showed up for school. He reportedly didn’t even attend negotiations on Friday, and has not been showing up to the bargaining table consistently.

Beutner says the district doesn’t have money for the teacher’s demands, saying that most of the school’s funding comes from Sacramento, the state’s capital.

But the teachers say differently, pointing out that the district has a huge reserve of cash, and that administrators are getting treated well while many schools go without librarians and have crumbling buildings. They also worry that too much is being invested in charter schools and privatization.

The teachers stress that although striking is hurting kids and the district in the very short term, they’re striking to help the students in the long term.

Caputo-Pearl said he and the teachers are "prepared to go as long as it takes" in order to get the teachers the resources they need to give their students the education they deserve.

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