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BCTF Research Report

Section II
2006-TD-01

Full-Time-Equivalent Teachers, 2001-02 to 2005-06

By Colleen Hawkey
Research Analyst

The two-week teacher job-action ending October 2005 resulted in the infusion of an additional $20 million into the base budget for the 2005-06 school year, and the hiring of 547 FTE teachers, reducing the overall decline in teaching positions since 2001 from 6.5% to 4.9%.

Table 1 shows the full-time-equivalent staffing positions as at September 30, in both 2001 and 2005. Over this 5-year period there was a loss of 2,177.2905, or 6.5%, full-time-equivalent teachers. The majority of losses were from specialist areas such as English as a Second Language (-166.96), Teacher-Librarians (-180.51), and Special Education teachers (-693.85).

Over the same time period there was an 11% increase in education assistants (+760.03 FTE positions), and public school student enrolment declined by 4.1%.

Table 1: Full-time-equivalent teachers, September 2001 and September 2005

2001-02 2005-06 Number
Change
Percent
Change

Student FTE Enrolment 595,156.90 570,909.53 24,247.37 -4.1%
Teachers 33,275.44 31,098.15 -2,177.29 -6.5%
Career program 340.23 249.10 -91.12 -26.8%
Teacher-librarians 921.79 741.28 -180.51 -19.6%
Counsellors 990.92 901.61 -89.30 -9.0%
Special education* 4,051.47 3,357.89 -693.58 -17.1%
Aboriginal education 205.89 197.09 -8.80 -4.3%
Continuing education 122.87 81.04 -41.83 -34.0%
English as a Second Language 1,015.60 848.64 -166.96 -16.4%
Off-shore students 151.23 359.34 208.11 137.6%

Education assistants 6,896.17 7,656.20 760.03 11.0%

Clerical and support staff 11,947.20 11,086.44 -860.77 -7.2%

Administrators 2,668.43 2,591.45 -76.99 -2.9%

*For 2001, special education teachers include1.04 Learning Assistance; 1.13 Special Health Services; 1.16 Severe Behavior; 1.17 High Incidence-Low Cost; 1.18 Low Incidence-High Cost; 1.19 Dependent Handicapped; 1.32 Gifted; 1.33 Hospital/Homebound; and 1.45 Identification/Planning.

Table 2 shows the changes in full-time-equivalent teaching positions between September 2001 and September 2005, as well as between September 2001 and January 2006.

Taking into account the positions filled after the teacher job action this fall, there is a loss of 1,630.4655, down 4.9% between September 2001 and January 2006.

Table 2: Changes in FTE teaching positions, 2001 to 2005 and 2006

SD # School District Name FTE Teachers
Sept 30, 2001
FTE Teachers
Sept 30, 2005
Percent
Change
(Sept 2001
to
Sept 2005)
FTE
Teachers
($20m
grant,
Jan 31, 2006)
FTE Teachers
(Jan 2006)
Percent
Change,
Total FTEs
(Sept 2001
to Jan 2006)
5 Southeast Kootenay 364.138 309.589 -15.00% 4.2 313.789 -13.80%
6 Rocky Mountain 239.078 189.101 -20.90% 2.3 191.401 -19.90%
8 Kootenay Lake 339.971 303.399 -10.80% 2.5 305.899 -10.00%
10 Arrow Lakes 50.67 39.637 -21.80% 0.5 40.137 -20.80%
19 Revelstoke 83.672 75.021 -10.30% 1.1 76.121 -9.00%
20 Kootenay-Columbia 290.25 249.303 -14.10% 4 253.303 -12.70%
22 Vernon 490.62 472.6468 -3.70% 9.2 481.8468 -1.80%
23 Central Okanagan 1,160.21 1141.69 -1.60% 17 1,158.69 -0.10%
27 Cariboo-Chilcotin 419.133 349.1205 -16.70% 5.1 354.2205 -15.50%
28 Quesnel 255.536 230.564 -9.80% 3.2 233.764 -8.50%
33 Chilliwack 629.857 610.3598 -3.10% 13.1 623.4598 -1.00%
34 Abbotsford 1,044.07 965.897 -7.50% 20 985.897 -5.60%
35 Langley 1,099.03 997.223 -9.30% 16.9 1,014.12 -7.70%
36 Surrey 3,496.10 3,573.55 2.20% 72 3,645.55 4.30%
37 Delta 907.71 906.64 -0.10% 14.1 920.74 1.40%
38 Richmond 1,344.31 1,215.98 -9.50% 10.7 1,226.68 -8.80%
39 Vancouver 3,479.07 3,289.78 -5.40% 66 3,355.78 -3.50%
40 New Westminster 341.428 370.538 8.50% 4 374.538 9.70%
41 Burnaby 1,371.09 1,332.63 -2.80% 20 1,352.63 -1.30%
42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 863.574 857.838 -0.70% 16.7 874.538 1.30%
43 Coquitlam 1,838.13 1,744.74 -5.10% 41.4 1,786.14 -2.80%
44 North Vancouver 1,002.80 904.027 -9.80% 18.6 922.627 -8.00%
45 West Vancouver 355.44 351.55 -1.10% 6.1 357.65 0.60%
46 Sunshine Coast 231.529 210.61 -9.00% 3.1 213.71 -7.70%
47 Powell River 160.505 134.31 -16.30% 3.4 137.71 -14.20%
48 Howe Sound 253.678 228.792 -9.80% 3.8 232.592 -8.30%
49 Central Coast 31.5 28.39 -9.90% 0.125 28.515 -9.50%
50 Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte 62.577 48.53 -22.40% 0.8 49.33 -21.20%
51 Boundary 111.175 94.09 -15.40% 1.2 95.29 -14.30%
52 Prince Rupert 209.997 168.94 -19.60% 2.5 171.44 -18.40%
53 Okanagan Similkameen 172.426 152.984 -11.30% 2.8 155.784 -9.70%
54 Bulkley Valley 162.915 145.324 -10.80% 2.4 147.724 -9.30%
57 Prince George 1,008.76 809.941 -19.70% 16.8 826.741 -18.00%
58 Nicola-Similkameen 173.521 152.6223 -12.00% 2.3 1,54.9223 -10.70%
59 Peace River South 242.843 234.857 -3.30% 3.5 238.357 -1.80%
60 Peace River North 308.312 310.954 0.90% 3.7 314.654 2.10%
61 Greater Victoria 1,144.08 1,042.44 -8.90% 19.3 1,061.74 -7.20%
62 Sooke 460.5 439.796 -4.50% 9.6 449.396 -2.40%
63 Saanich 465.302 416.9864 -10.40% 8 424.9864 -8.70%
64 Gulf Islands 98.36 87.7016 -10.80% 0 87.7016 -10.80%
67 Okanagan Skaha 400.798 370.9 -7.50% 6.6 377.5 -5.80%
68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith 896.558 794.245 -11.40% 14.2 808.445 -9.80%
69 Qualicum 277.169 263.68 -4.90% 3.9 267.58 -3.50%
70 Alberni 272.3757 250.816 -7.90% 5 255.816 -6.10%
71 Comox Valley 515.311 467.148 -9.30% 7.6 474.748 -7.90%
72 Campbell River 380.671 335.784 -11.80% 5 340.784 -10.50%
73 Kamloops/Thompson 903.38 807.451 -10.60% 13.4 820.851 -9.10%
74 Gold Trail 144.4289 113.05 -21.70% 1 114.05 -21.00%
75 Mission 397.615 370.334 -6.90% 6.6 376.934 -5.20%
78 Fraser-Cascade 140.232 129.772 -7.50% 1.9 131.672 -6.10%
79 Cowichan Valley 559.76 502.433 -10.20% 8 510.433 -8.80%
81 Fort Nelson 73.2055 61.284 -16.30% 1.8 63.084 -13.80%
82 Coast Mountains 393.726 344.7686 -12.40% 5.5 350.2686 -11.00%
83 North Okanagan-Shuswap 442.27 399.8 -9.60% 6.1 405.9 -8.20%
84 Vancouver Island West 51.17 36 -29.60% 0.4 36.4 -28.90%
85 Vancouver Island North 143.76 97.39 -32.30% 2.2 99.59 -30.70%
87 Stikine 26 21 -19.20% 0.2 21.2 -18.50%
91 Nechako Lakes 263.488 272.399 3.40% 4.4 276.799 5.10%
92 Nisga'a 46 40 -13.00% 1 41 -10.90%
93 Conseil scolaire francophone 183.671 231.8056 26.20% 0 231.8056 26.20%
Province 33,275.44 31,098.15 -6.50% 546.825 31,644.97 -4.90%

In keeping with Vince Ready's recommendation that the money be "targeted to class size and special needs students," the additional teachers hired were predominantly specialist teachers, including learning assistance teachers, resource teachers, counsellors, Aboriginal support teachers, and ESL teachers.

The $20 million will be incorporated into the base operating budget and therefore available to school districts each year. However, in subsequent years the money will be spent over the full school year, not over a partial year as is currently the case. This will likely mean a reduction in the number of full-time-equivalent positions funded from this source.

Sources

Counts of teachers hired from the $20 million were collected by BCTF Field Services staff. All other staffing data are from the Ministry of Education, Form 1530 annual data collection. Student data from Ministry of Education, 2001/02 - 2005/06 Student Statistics, www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/enrol/student.php.


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