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For all the teachers out there who go the extra mile for their students.
Things are worse. They are so much worse. I cannot express how bad things are getting. It's because I love the work so much, that I have to leave. I've spent the last two years thinking about going. I've felt increasingly sorrowful that I simply cannot do all that these kids need and deserve me to do.
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VICTORIA - Finance Minister Mike de Jong says government cheques are in the mail to help British Columbia's parents cover daycare costs incurred during the recent teachers' strike.The Liberals introdu...
We must plan to not recreate the same conditions that led up to the past labour dispute. The time to organize a provincial task force, is now. It does not make sense to relegate a discussion of core educational philosophy (class size and composition) to be part of an adversarial labour negotiation.
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A group of ethnic Chinese parents who hit headlines in Vancouver by scuffling with supporters of striking teachers is claiming credit for helping end the industrial action and getting children back in...
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The B.C. government is instructing school districts to return any money they may have saved during the public school teachers' strike this September. School districts contacted by CBC News say...
I find that the inadequacies of public education funding have ignited a fire in me. Is anyone else feeling like we should stop fundraising for the things that should be funded by the government?
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The teachers have been lying to us. For years. They've been covering it up. Papering over underfunding and mismanaged fiscal priorities with brightly coloured posters and sparkly stickers. Concealing an impoverished system by buying the damn supplies themselves. Without receiving so much as a tax break on those purchases.
Yes, I've bought the materials in the boxes that I'll be hauling to work each day this week. And yes, I sincerely wish that I hadn't had to go out of pocket to make sure that my students get the best education that I can give them. The underfunding of public education in B.C. has already taken enough out of me. I refuse to let it take who I am as a teacher, too.
VANCOUVER - While his striking kindergarten teacher was off-the-job, four-year-old Branden Reynolds was working hard — reading up to 12 books a day, watching DVDs about Van Gogh and electricity and fi...
A group of teachers who bought tickets to B.C. Liberal fundraiser say they were rejected from attending after concerns about “security,” and that they were unwanted because the social event was not ab...
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Premier Christy Clark and her chief of staff quietly slipped into the Vancouver Delta Suites hotel last Friday for a meeting that would turn the tide in the provincewide teachers’ strike – a dispute t...
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The early afternoon sun brightens the kitchen as it shines down through the skylight; I can hear my two youngest children, managing to not bicker and argue their way through Lego Star Wars on the TV, and I'm sitting across the kitchen table from my teacher husband, typing this as he plots out his Socials 8 course for the year. This is the first Sunday in months that feels normal for us.
VANCOUVER - Many parents and students in B.C. are relieved school is finally starting on Monday after three weeks of delay, and some say there is even a silver lining to the provincewide teachers stri...
VANCOUVER - Half a million British Columbia students will start their school year next week after the province's strike-weary public school teachers ratified a hard-bargained contract, despite strong...
As families in B.C. prepare for the long-awaited return to school, I am inspired to sit down and write out my own reflections of this past summer. In countless movies, we see children hard at work on their first day of classes, writing out their first essay of the school year. And so, I take a page from that to bring you "What I Did On My Last Day Of School."
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VANCOUVER - With British Columbia's teachers' strike resolved, George Tso is shifting from stress to school-mode after three weeks using tutors and attempting to teach himself curriculum that will pav...
Well, here we are, with a deal to vote on. We're climbing up out of the trenches, dusting ourselves off, holding our noses against the stench of manipulation, and voting. We'll vote yes, but it won't be an overwhelming yes.
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VANCOUVER - The mood was bittersweet Thursday as British Columbia teachers cast ballots on a tentative contract deal that could bring down picket lines and put them back in the classroom.The dispute d...
These past three months have been an exercise in spinning plates, deciding what bills must be paid now and which can sit for a month; making those excruciatingly embarrassing phone calls to utility companies to ask for extensions, explaining our circumstances and hoping for an understanding and lenient person on the other end of the phone. I can't help but shake my head, because shouldn't teachers with their professional training be able to make ends meet better than this?
Despite what I know was a Herculean effort on the part of our bargaining team, I very much hope that B.C. teachers will vote no to the tentative agreement. After five weeks of strike, and 12 years of legal battles, this is not the deal that will restore sanity to public education and it is not a fair deal for teachers and students.
Now, do I feel as though both sides compromised equally on this contract? No. I do feel like the teachers gave up more. But as much as I'd like a salary increase that actually kept up with the rate of inflation, and the budget to fund some firm way of handling class size and composition, this whole strike wasn't about economics.
VANCOUVER - British Columbia's long-warring government and teachers' union have made unprecedented educational labour peace with a six-year collective agreement wrought through months of embittered st...
Veteran mediator Vince Ready is being hailed as a hero for mediating the contentious B.C. teachers' dispute to a tentative deal after five marathon days of bargaining and months of bitter mud-slinging...
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A grassroots campaign is underway to boycott B.C. businesses aligned with a coalition that has waded into the legal aspects of the current provincial teachers’ dispute. The Coalition of BC Businesses,...
Millions of years ago, a triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus rex fought it out as the Cretaceous period came to a end. Neither realized their struggle was futile since they were both about to become extinct. The B.C. teachers' strike is another epic struggle of dinosaurs as the Ministry of Education and teachers' union are locked in bitter dispute over issues that have little significance since the market for education has fundamentally changed.
As the two sides of the B.C. teachers' strike continue to hunker down with a mediator, Mother Nature appears to be making a statement. Teachers on the picket line outside Queen Elizabeth Secondary Sch...
RICHMOND, B.C. - Negotiators for striking British Columbia teachers and the province huddled separately in a Richmond hotel for a fifth day Monday in an effort to reach an agreement that would herald...
Then there is the issue of school supplies. I have watched the list steadily lengthen over the years. This year alone, I have spent $300 just so my children can have adequate supplies for school. Not to mention that their supply lists include ridiculous items like Kleenex, photocopy paper and Ziploc bags. If our schools don't even have the funding to supply children with something to wipe their noses with, then like one parent said to me, "What's next, toilet paper?"
Discussions between the B.C. teachers' union, the province and a mediator went late into the night over the weekend, as British Columbia enters a third week without public school classes. Chief negoti...
The current teachers federation vs. government struggle is more than a labour dispute. For those who look closely, what's revealed is a style of government that appears to disregard facts, deceive the public, tarnish the reputation of teachers, all in a move to pit the people against teachers and their legal right to due process under the law. Government's disdain for trained professionals in order to gain a political advantage is deplorable. No government should hide the truth of its past misconduct. No government should balance the budget at the expense of teachers and kids.
VANCOUVER - Chief negotiators were quietly hunkered down for talks as another week without school loomed on the horizon for half-a-million British Columbia school children.The warring sides in the pro...