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BCTF generally supportive of graduation changes, but more time and resources needed
The government’s changes to BC’s graduation requirements are first steps in the implementation of the revised curriculum, but missing from today’s announcement is the necessary funding to ensure teachers have the time and resources to get the job done, said BCTF President Jim Iker.

In solidarity with Mexican colleagues facing severe repression
Members of a coalition comprising teachers' organizations from Canada, the United States, and Mexico spoke with one voice Sunday, denouncing the government of Mexico for atrocious rights violations against teachers.

Feed their Minds. Fund Their Schools
This campaign highlights the need for BC to invest in public education. The brochure explains the major funding challenges faced by BC’s students, teachers, and school districts. Solutions for these issues are offered, as well as suggestions for how everyone concerned about this issue can work together. For detailed information please visit the BCTF Research section and

BCTF president Jim Iker explains school boards’ funding crises
In a letter to the Vancouver Sun, Jim Iker writes, “For 14 years, the provincial government has been adding expenses to school boards and refusing to pay the bill. That downloading forces school districts to make real cuts that negatively impact classrooms and students. This budgeting crisis is not an invention of the Vancouver School Board. It is the reality facing all 60 school boards across B.C."

Working together to make our schools healthy and safe
All BC students and school staff deserve to learn and work in healthy, safe environments. A new brochure highlights important ongoing health and safety issues in our schools including water and air quality, seismic upgrades, and winter conditions.

BCTF urges government to support Safe Water for Schools Act
Following the introduction of the Safe Water for Schools Act by North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice, the BC Teachers' Federation is urging the provincial government to support the bill in an all-party show of support for safe drinking water for students and all school workers.    

Questions and answers about underfunding
The 2016 provincial budget was presented on February 16. BCTF researcher Margaret White has prepared a set of questions and answers about funding that will help evaluate whether the government continues underfunding, or listens to the many voices calling for it to provide adequate funding.  

Teaching for Reconciliation 
In addition to the Federation’s new Project of Heart: Illuminating the Hidden History of Residential Schools in BC resource featured in the slider above, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has released three excellent new grade 5, grade 10, and grade 11/12 residential school teaching resources. These can be downloaded for free, and support teaching of the new curriculum. 


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