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Federal funding for more teachers and remote learning will help keep schools safe
BCTF President Teri Mooring welcomed today’s provincial announcement that key priorities for the federal government’s $242 million fund to support BC schools would be hiring additional teachers and staff, as well as ensuring remote learning options are available in every school district. 

BC government needs to slow down, get the restart plan right
Earlier today, the federal government announced that BC would receive more than $242 million to help restart schools in a safe way this September. BCTF President Teri Mooring applauded Premier John Horgan’s efforts to help get that much-needed funding from the government. However, she is concerned that the BC Ministry of Education went ahead with today’s announcement on the restart plan without working with partners on how to use that new funding to ensure the K–12 restart is as safe and effective as it can be.

BC teachers call for smaller classes and stricter mask mandate
When the government first announced their K–12 restart plan on July 29, the BC Teachers’ Federation expressed significant concerns that the plan needed more work. BCTF President Teri Mooring said some good steps, like adding time at the beginning of the school year for teachers and staff teams to prepare, have been taken since then. However, some of teachers’ biggest concerns have yet to be addressed.

Survey of 16,400 BC teachers reveals health and safety a top priority
The results of a province-wide teacher survey released today adds to voices of parents, school administrators, and teachers saying that students should only return when BC schools are ready.

BCTF statement on COVID-19 and the rise in anti-Asian racism
The teachers of British Columbia stand in solidarity with all people of Chinese ancestry and Asian heritage, who are experiencing a new wave of racist attacks fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Federation’s full statement here

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