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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 5, March 2005

B.C. to give $150 million more to schools

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the latest education news out of Victoria. The Liberals promise to give $150 million more next school year to improve library and special needs services in our schools. Well, da!

These same Liberals stripped provisions from the teachers’ contract that provided those very services. Now the Liberals want school boards to come up with a plan on how to spend this "new" money.

That is what you just stripped from the teachers’ contract, Gordon Campbell! Does anyone in our provincial government know just how foolish they look to those in the education community?

Didn’t the premier say his stripping of the teachers’ contract would improve the system? It is clear the Liberals now realize their actions did not improve education. Funny, they realized it just in time for the May election.

Source: The Vancouver Sun, February 1, 2005, Mavis Lowry, Vancouver.

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