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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 1, September 2007

President’s message

Irene Lanzinger

Welcome back to school! These first few days and weeks are always so hectic and exciting. Hopefully, the summer provided you with the rest and regeneration you need to see you through the start of another school year.

During the week of August 20, 2007, over 400 teachers gathered in Kamloops for our annual summer conference. As a new president of the BCTF, it was inspiring for me to see so many of our members willing to give up those precious last few days of summer holidays to work on behalf of their colleagues. They provided the BCTF leadership with invaluable assistance in developing strategies to take on the many critical issues facing teachers in the coming year. Fortunately, it wasn’t all work, we had a lot of fun too!

This is the second year we will have legislative provisions on class size and composition in place. We took a courageous stand to pressure the government to put that legislation in place. It certainly doesn’t provide all the protection we need to guarantee quality learning conditions for every child. However, the legislation does offer us some small level of protection. Contact your staff representative or local president to make sure that your class is in compliance with the rules.

In any case, if you have a difficult teaching situation, contact your local. Even if the legislation does not apply, the BCTF may be able to help and we need to collect data on working and learning conditions to press for significant improvements to the legislation.

I hope the beginning of the school year goes smoothly for you. Thank you for the wonderful work you do every day. Remind yourself often that you are making a valuable contribution to students and to public education.

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