Your public right to protect class size and composition
By now your superintendent should have provided your board and the DPAC with copies of the Organization of Class report required under section 76.3 of the School Act.
The report must include details of the organization of classes in the school district, and must also include a rationale for the organization of any class in the school district that has more than 30 students.
Make every attempt to attend a PAC, DPAC, or a board meeting to witness the Organization of Class report by superintendents. During the question period offered at the board meeting, consider asking one of the following:
Did any teacher voice a disagreement concerning the size and composition of their class?
Why are there more students with IEPs at school X compared to school Y?
How many students in this school are waiting for psychometric assessment?
What are the supports in place for the teacher and the students in classes that exceed 30, or with more than 3 IEPs?
Can this board call for a return to the former class-size and composition agreement between the board and the teachers’ union?
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Education partners protest education funding cuts
The presidents of the BC School Trustees’ Association, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees BC (CUPE BC) sent a joint letter to Minister MacDiarmid expressing their growing concern regarding the recent cuts made to BC’s public education system.
This unprecedented letter outlined a shared concern about the cutbacks to programs and grants that are now being felt by students in classrooms across the province. Through this letter parents, teachers, trustees, and school workers have come together to ask government to reverse these damaging cuts. More...
Have your say on provincial budget priorities!
The 2010 Ministry of Finance budget consultation paper is providing an online survey form to enable the public to present their opinions to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
The public is asked to respond to four questions regarding budget priorities.
The deadline for public input through the online survey is Friday, October 23. Please take the time to voice your views.
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