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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 1, September 2005

Teachers’ congress

During the election campaign last spring the B.C. Liberals promised to seek input from teachers through a teachers’ congress. Shirley Bond, education minister, was asked about the congress on August 31, 2005, when BCTF representatives met with her for the first time. Bond claimed that the government had not yet decided how teachers would be invited.

Jinny Sims, BCTF president, expressed the need for those teachers to be elected by their peers.

The Special Representative Assembly held during Summer Conference 2005 at UBC, decided that:

  1. All teachers participating in the proposed teachers’ congress should be elected through their locals, and costs related to participation in the congress should be covered by the government.
  2. That if the above conditions are not met, BCTF members will not participate in the congress.


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