BC’s teacher shortage creating problems for new school year before current one ends
The ongoing shortage of classroom teachers, teachers teaching on call (TTOCs), and specialists continues to cause problems for students with less than a month to go in the current school year—and now, the shortage is threatening to cause significant disruptions in September. The BCTF has proposed a number of immediate and long-term solutions. It’s time for school districts and the government to take action.
BCTF policy statement on inclusive education for students with special needs
At the BCTF’s 2018
Annual General Meeting, the Federation re-affirmed its commitment to the inclusion of all students in British Columbia’s public schools. The policy specifically states that “every student can learn, and every student is entitled to an appropriate
education and full range of education services in their community.” More...
New data from the provincial government shows class-sizes in British Columbia have significantly improved since the BCTF's collective agreement language
was restored by the Supreme Court of Canada. In the current 2017-18 school year, there are 45% fewer classes with more than 30 students than the previous year and class-size averages are down across the board.
Pharmacare: A Plan for Everyone
Far too many Canadians can’t afford the medication they need. The Canadian Labour Congress has started a campaign in favour of a universal prescription drug plan for all Canadians.
See a powerful video about one family’s impossible choice on the Pharmacare: A Plan for Everyone site, where you can also find out about the plan’s benefits
to both people and the economy, and take a few seconds to sign the petition and send a message to your MP.
How BC votes: Have your say
to proportional representation? Stick with first past the post? This fall British Columbians will decide whether to change BC’s provincial voting system so that the number of votes more closely matches the number of elected representatives. More...