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September 22, 2016

  1. BCTF submits detailed report and recommendations to legislative committee
  2. BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers
  3. BCTF seeking members for G.A. Fergusson committee
  4. Employment opportunity at the BCTF
  5. BC’s Representative for Children and Youth releases report on mental health services
  6. After 124 days on strike, teachers in Mexico score important wins

BCTF submits detailed report and recommendations to legislative committee

funding briefOn Wednesday, September 21, 2016, BCTF President Glen Hansman met in person with the Legislative Assembly's finance committee to present the Federation's education funding brief. The committee, made up of MLAs from both the government and opposition sides, travels the province every year to hear from British Columbians in advance of the next provincial budget.

This year, the BCTF brief made nine critical recommendations on the state of public  education funding and the services available to BC's students. They include acting on previous calls to provide increased and stable funding, covering all downloaded costs forced onto school districts, adding new funds to ensure the successful implementation of the revised curriculum, eliminating funding to private schools, and improving support for adult learners, students with special needs, and Aboriginal children. 

BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers

New teachers conferenceThe 19th annual BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers will be held on February 24-25, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Richmond. The conference is an excellent and engaging professional development and networking opportunity designed specifically for teachers and teachers teaching on call in their first five years of teaching. Student teachers are also encouraged to attend. Information on registration will be available soon. In the meantime, the call for workshop proposals is now open.  

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BCTF seeking members for G.A. Fergusson committee

The Federation is seeking applications from members for the committee that examines nominations for the G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award, and selects the recipient. Visit the BCTF's opportunities for members page to learn more about committee and application process.

Employment opportunity at the BCTF

The BCTF is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of Executive Offices, a member of the Federation's management team. The position, reporting to the Executive Director, works on the implementation of governance decisions, the preparation of reports to governance bodies, and the co-ordination of Executive Committee member orientations and leaves of absence. The Director of Executive Offices also works collaboratively with the Director of Human Resources to provide general assistance in all aspects of the HR functions with specific emphasis on the job reclassification and job evaluation process and orientation of new staff. Read the full job description and application process on the employment opportunities page

BC’s Representative for Children and Youth releases report on mental health services

In a new report about the death of a First Nations teen in 2013, BC's Representative for Children and Youth cites a lack of timely access to mental health services as a significant contributing factor to the youth's suicide. That lack of services is continuing to place Aboriginal children and youth at unacceptable risk.

The report, A Tragedy in Waiting: How B.C.'s mental health system failed one First Nations Youth,  tells the story of a 16-year-old boy who left school one morning, walked into a nearby forest, and took his own life. The Representative, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, goes on to make a series of important recommendations for the ministries of health, education, and children and family development to better protect all children, especially Aboriginal children and youth. 

After 124 days on strike, teachers in Mexico score important wins

Even in the face of mass firings, arrests and violence, Mexican teachers have emerged stronger from a prolonged and difficult strike. After 124 days of job action, teachers in Oaxaca and Chiapas are heading back to the classroom after forcing the federal government to back down on a number of issues that would have harmed the union and public education. This is a clear win for teachers as the government's punitive reform agenda has been frozen. To learn more, visit Teacher Solidarity, an independent website that tracks the struggles of teacher unions against neo-liberal education reforms across the world.


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