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Urgent action: Mexican teachers need your help!
In the wake of violent crackdowns by police that led to several deaths, including educators, teachers in Mexico urgently need our help and solidarity. Idea Network has set up a page to allow you to send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau asking him to raise your concerns with Mexico's president when they meet next week. 

Call to action from the Canadian Teachers’ Federation
On June 1, 2016 at the National Presidents’ Meeting of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, leaders from Canada’s provincial teacher unions/organizations agreed on a joint Belief Statement and Call to Action. In it, they are calling on the provincial and territorial governments across Canada to take immediate action to address teachers’ overwhelming concerns on educational reform, inclusive education, austerity budgets, and teachers’ mental health and wellness. 

BCTF congratulates education stakeholders as government returns some funding it took away
As the government announced the return of a $25 million cut it placed on school districts, BCTF President Jim Iker praised teachers, students, parents, and school trustees who have spoken out and campaigned for months to convince this government to address BC’s education funding crisis. Iker said he appreciates the announcement and it shows the government is listening to the building public pressure.

BCTF generally supportive of graduation changes, but more time and resources needed
The government’s changes to BC’s graduation requirements are first steps in the implementation of the revised curriculum, but missing from today’s announcement is the necessary funding to ensure teachers have the time and resources to get the job done, said BCTF President Jim Iker. 

Feed their Minds. Fund Their Schools
This campaign highlights the need for BC to invest in public education. The brochure explains the major funding challenges faced by BC’s students, teachers, and school districts. Solutions for these issues are offered, as well as suggestions for how everyone concerned about this issue can work together. For detailed information please visit the BCTF Research section and FundBCSchools.ca

Working together to make our schools healthy and safe
All BC students and school staff deserve to learn and work in healthy, safe environments. A new brochure highlights important ongoing health and safety issues in our schools including water and air quality, seismic upgrades, and winter conditions. 

Teaching for Reconciliation 
In addition to the Federation’s new Project of Heart: Illuminating the Hidden History of Residential Schools in BC resource featured in the slider above, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has released three excellent new grade 5, grade 10, and grade 11/12 residential school teaching resources. These can be downloaded for free, and support teaching of the new curriculum. 

 

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