Bc Strike

Why Supporting Students With Special Needs Benefits Us All

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

What if we looked at the whole concept of benefits in a different way. Who actually benefits when we support students whose brains work differently? We are going to need out-of-the-box kinds of thinking that students with special needs do naturally, all the time. We need special solutions to the special challenges we all face.

Private Schools Aren't The Only Place For Diverse Education In B.C.

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

I attended five of B.C.'s public schools. And they were all choice programs. Unique programs. Schools within the public education system that provided me with experiences and opportunities that people often think are relegated to the private system. But here's the thing: they're not.

A Conversation Between B.C. Parents During Teachers' Strike

Sarah Collins | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

"I say we just gather parents to teach students in the schools this September, until an agreement can be reached!" says one of the dads. I kick off my sandals and light my hair on fire.

Mediator Agrees To Monitor Teacher Contract Talks

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Veteran mediator Vince Ready is making himself available in an attempt to end the acrimonious dispute involving British Columbia's public ...

Time Running Out For Province-Teacher Deal

CBC | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The provincial government says bargaining that started on Friday, after weeks of no meetings between the two sides, will resume with the B.C. Teachers...

Province Optimistic About Teacher Contract Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - There is some optimism as both sides in the B.C. teachers' dispute employ their full bargaining teams when negotiations resume later this w...

Teachers' Union, Province To Meet For 1st Time In A Month

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers union and the government's lead negotiator have scheduled their first face-to-face meeting in more than a mont...

B.C. Teachers' Strike Can't Be Solved With Hush Money And Guilt Trips

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

The government is essentially paying families hush money to make them more complacent to what's happening here. Are they seriously trying to buy public opinion?

Parents Will Get $40/Day If Schools Closed In Fall

The Canadian Press | CP | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. parents will receive a $40 daily subsidy for each child under 13 years old if the teachers' strike continues into the beginning of the school yea...

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.

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?

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 ...

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...

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?