Bc Education

Beware, Christy Clark, B.C. Teachers Are Talking To Each Other

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I'm not a politician but you may want to re-think your strategy with the teachers. Something happened when you locked them out of their classrooms in June. There was lots more conversation -- mostly about you and what your real agenda is when it comes to public education. Teachers shared information and experiences and built up relationships that had not existed before.

A Teacher's Appeal To BC Liberals Of Conscience

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

We are appealing to BC Liberals of conscience, BC Liberals who walk with integrity to speak to your peers in the party. Speak to them about what you feel is at stake if public education continues to be underfunded and your leader continues her crash and burn attack that started 12 years ago.

B.C. Coach Who Called Students 'Dumbasses' Disciplined

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

An anger-prone gym instructor and an elementary school teacher who brought a knife to class have been reprimanded by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branc...

Teachers' Union Hopes For Mediation Next Month

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Both sides in British Columbia's ongoing teachers' dispute are talking about "mediation" but still remain far apart on key contract issues...

Gov't Won't Impose Settlement In Teachers' Strike: Finance Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government will not impose a settlement in the teachers' dispute even if there's no deal by September, the finance minister says....

2nd Mediator Declines To Help Solve Teacher Dispute

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Mediation is off the table for now in the ongoing labour dispute between British Columbia's striking teachers and their employer, after a ...

B.C. Teachers' Fight: It IS All About the Money

Elisha Bonnis | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Elisha Bonnis

I regularly see comments on social media such as, "If you really cared about the kids, you wouldn't ask for a signing bonus." Since when is there an inverse correlation between how much teachers care about students and how much of a wage increase they ask for through bargaining?

Abbotsford School District Cancels Summer School

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A handful of municipalities in British Columbia say they are cancelling summer classes because of a province-wide teachers' strike.The sch...

A Letter To B.C. Parents, From A Striking Teacher

Sarah Collins | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

I often think of the raw deal you've been given when I'm on the line. Your child has moved on from our labour dispute weeks ago, and is enjoying an early break to their summer. But we haven't mentioned in the media enough about how much you've been inconvenienced with the erratic interruptions to your work schedule and the juggling you've undertaken to keep everyone in your care safe, engaged, and happy.

B.C.'s Cash Offer To Teachers Almost Expired

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The province's offer to give B.C.'s public school teachers some extra cash if they sign a deal ending their strike expires today.The more ...

Support Staff Workers Sign Deals With B.C.

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - More than 3,000 support staff workers in six school districts have signed agreements with British Columbia.The agreements between local un...

Remedial Summer Classes Must Be Taught: Labour Board

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's labour board has ruled striking educators must teach summer classes for high-school students who failed a course during...

B.C. Education Is Best In Canada: Report

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Despite the turmoil between B.C. teachers and the provincial government, a new report has ranked B.C.'s education system as the best in Canada. Ont...

How Some B.C. Students May Return To Class

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A decision by B.C.'s teachers' union means a small fraction of half-a-million public school students may return to the classroom next week...

WATCH: Why B.C. Teachers Are So Angry

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The contract dispute between B.C. teachers and the province is a long and complicated one that includes two significant court rulings, back and forth ...

5 Tips To Transition From School to Summer

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

Routine is important for adults as well, and as a parent I must admit I have come to rely heavily upon the school schedule to guide the transition to summer. It is human nature to mark our changes with beginnings, middles and endings. A common complaint is that June is busy with closing ceremonies, awards nights, and all sorts of wind up parties -- nonetheless both the parents and children benefit from these rites of closure.

B.C. Teachers Threaten To Picket Summer School

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Summer school could be the next casualty in British Columbia's teachers strike, with the union promising to continue its walkout if a deal...

B.C. Government's Lesson On Contracts Is Flawed

Katherine Rybar | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Katherine Rybar

When my students ask me who has to follow the law, should I answer everyone except the government? Previously, I taught that a contract was binding for both parties. You are teaching that a contract is something you can tear up when you don't like it. Why would anyone ever sign a contract with a clause that says the other party doesn't have to honour it?

Students With Failing Grades 'Bumped' To A Pass

CBC | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows School District has sent a memo to teachers explaining grades 10 and 11 students will receive final marks based on an...

B.C. Teachers' Contract Dispute Is A Raging Fire Of Utter Dysfunction

Louise Wallace | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Louise Wallace

Dramatic? Yes. granted. But I have two boys who aren't in school, school taxes to pay for teachers who aren't getting paid, and a business to run in a town where the largest employer is the school district. So indulge me in a bit of panic, won't you please?

Parents Organize Makeshift Grad During Teacher Strike

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - One mom is arranging the flowers, another created a program, a third produced a slideshow pairing baby photographs with present day snapsh...

B.C. School Student Grades Accidentally Emailed To Parents

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

SURREY, B.C. - British Columbia's privacy commissioner and the education ministry have been alerted to an incident involving one high school in Surrey...

Teachers' Strike Impacts Final Exam Questions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - B.C. high school students may have studied for weeks in preparation for provincial English and Social Studies exams, but a last minute cha...

This Is Not A Typical Monday Morning In B.C. Schools

Carla Friesen | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carla Friesen

We need something else. Something I try to teach my students. We need open minds and open hearts. This polarization of two sides, teachers' union versus the government, does not serve anyone well. It does not serve our students well. We need you to consider that maybe, just maybe, we do need to reinvest in our education system. Maybe what is needed is for people like you to pick up your phone and call your MLA (or email them).

Striking Teachers Brainstorm Plan B

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Educators huddled Sunday night, trying to come up with a plan B after a veteran mediator declined their invitation to help resolve British...