August 16, 2017
- BC’s new government is moving quickly to bring needed changes to education
- Support Education International’s call for justice in the disappearance of 43 teachers
- Registration for the BCTF’s Provincial Specialist Association Super Conference still open
- Employment Opportunity at the BCTF
BC’s new government is moving quickly to bring needed changes to education
Over the summer there has been a significant change in British Columbia's leadership and with it, an encouraging change to the government's approach to public education. On July 17, a new provincial Cabinet was appointed and long-time education critic Rob Fleming became the new Minister of Education. Read the BCTF's news release for President Glen Hansman's reaction to the appointment.
Less than a month on the job, there have already been some important changes that reflect positions the BCTF has long advocated for. Those include the restoration of adult education funding, the creation of a Mental Health and Addictions Ministry, an increase in disability rates, interest-free student loans, the return of the Human Rights Commission, and a set date for a Vancouver School Board election.
In a Vancouver Sun interview, Minister Fleming also said: “We are going to fully cover the costs of the Memorandum of Agreement with the BCTF on class size and composition. Having been minister for three weeks, it's become clear to me that the commitment wasn't kept by the previous government, so we are going to have to enhance that.” Premier John Horgan's mandate letter to the Minister of Education also made it clear that the Ministry was to “fast-track enhancement to K-12 education funding.” The government's revised budget is expected early in September and the BCTF continues to advocate to ensure this enhanced funding is received as quickly as possible.
A lot has been accomplished in a short time and there is more to come. Thank you to BC teachers! Your advocacy has helped make these changes happen.
Support Education International’s call for justice in the disappearance of 43 teachers
On the third anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 Indigenous student teachers from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, Education International has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and pressure the Mexican government to act. Visit their campaign site to use Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr to spread the message.
Registration for the BCTF’s Provincial Specialist Association Super Conference still open
If you don't have a ticket for this October's PSA Super Conference, now is a good time to register. Session information and registration details are online.
Employment Opportunity at the BCTF
The BCTF is currently seeking applicants for a Staff Lawyer for a term from November 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018. The deadline for applications is August 31, 2017. To learn more about the position, visit the Federation's employment opportunities page.