CNN PRODUCER NOTE aeg914, a special education teacher on the South Side of Chicago, called CNN from the picket line at a Chicago teacher strike. She’s been striking for three days. 'Everybody is here advocating for the students. I come from a staff of teachers that love what we do; we love the kids. We’re just sticking up for them,' she said. As to why she's protesting, she says there are basic needs at the school that just aren’t being met. She works with an elementary school program for children with autism that’s part of Chicago Public Schools. Her students need special supplies, so she’s spent $4,000 to $5,000 of her own money buying adaptive scissors, Velcro, magnets and other tools, she said.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer