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March 30, 2017

  1. Our students, our profession: Your vote matters!
  2. New tools to help make public education a top election issue
  3. Social Justice Newsletter tackles issues in school and society
  4. Opportunities for Members

Our students, our profession: Your vote matters!

Election issueThe special election issue of Teacher magazine will be delivered to your school in the coming days. In it, leaders of key provincial specialist associations and BCTF advisory committees offer their perspectives on the 15 years of cuts and what the impact has been in their schools and specialty areas. There are also useful links to party websites so you can check out their various platforms and a list of potential questions that could be raised on doorsteps or at all-candidates' meetings.

In the issue, BCTF President Glen Hansman writes of the need to protect our Supreme Court win at the ballot box and the bargaining table. “Now, with our rights restored and better learning conditions on the way, we must turn our minds to the 2019 bargaining table. What kind of government do we want to be sitting across the table from?... One that values public education and the work we do in our schools? Or one that will seek to undermine everything we just won back?”

New tools to help make public education a top election issue

Number tell the storyThe BCTF has published an updated version of our popular The Numbers Tell the Story brochure. This small-format publication contains the latest facts on education underfunding, and other BC Liberal policies affecting children, youth, and families. Print copies are available from your local, and it is online here. You'll also find a list of source documents and relevant research supporting the facts on each page. 

We've also created a cute animated video that highlights a few key facts to share on Facebook. And you may already have seen the Federation's 30-second ad on the nightly newscast. If not you can check it out on Facebook and YouTube. Please share widely with friends and followers.

Social Justice Newsletter tackles issues in school and society

The latest edition of the BCTF's Social Justice Newsletter highlights resources for opening dialogue about racism, climate change, sexual orientation and gender identity, and much more. It also looks at education-related issues in the upcoming provincial election, such as child poverty and the need for affordable childcare. And it offers information about Student Vote, the excellent parallel election program offered for free through CIVIX. To enrol your school, visit www.StudentVote.ca

Opportunities for Members

The Federation's Committee for Action on Social Justice has vacancies (see posting #20). The committee makes recommendations to the BCTF Executive Committee on social justice issues, creates resources for teachers and locals, assists locals and zones in developing general social justice programs and projects, and works on developing links with other unions and community groups. Learn more and apply online.

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