Bret Harte parents get the message

8:20 a.m.  About 20 teachers manned the picket line at Bret Harte Middle School on Coolidge Avenue, with more scheduled to come out throughout the day, reports Angela Hill. Only about 30 students out of a student body of 750-800 had showed up for school so far.

“Our message really got out to the the community about our strike and what it means for education,” said Keith Brown, a 6th grade ESL teacher.

The teachers were quiet until the TV cameras arrived, then they all started chanting.

They said three subs and one union member crossed the line.

“It was very uncomfortable,” said English teacher Peter Mates. “We asked her not to cross, but she said she had to for financial reasons.”