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The teachers who have taught us for five years -- coached our basketball teams, directed the plays, stayed after class, volunteered their time to help run events and fundraise for charity, believed in us when no one else did -- will not be able to be at our grad events to congratulate us and enjoy our last few moments of high school.
To the student who would overthrow the ball in baseball (but not make it obvious) so our autistic student could get on base. This is my strike pay. To have students say they are my kids and even give me Mother's Day gifts because they think of me as important, like a mom. This is my strike pay.
In the same way that I call "bullshit" on adults who say they are fighting for the children in a high-conflict divorce, I call "bullshit" on the situation between the BCTF and the government. They are not fighting for the rights of the children. This is not an altruistically driven stance in which there is a high moral ground.
VANCOUVER - The British Columbia teachers' union presented a new contract proposal to the employer on Friday, kicking off an intense set of negotiations before a strike is planned for Tuesday.The B.C....
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I take ingredients from my own family's pantry and fridge so we can bake, make playdough, create senses-stimulating art projects, and learn about nutrition in a hands-on way. I am not compensated for the money I spend educating B.C. students as a result of government underfunding.
As teachers walked the picket lines in Langley, B.C. on Friday, one parent was inside a school teaching some students herself. Brigitte MacNamara set up a Facebook group to notify other parents that s...
VANCOUVER - An emboldened BC Teachers' Federation leveraged its new strike mandate Thursday, giving 72-hours notice, while it also offered families of more than half-a-million students some hope for p...
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Teachers in B.C. public schools have started taking home materials from their classrooms in anticipation of a full-scale strike on Tuesday. It's no secret that a lot of classroom material — from books...
VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers' union has voted 86 per cent in favour of a full-scale strike, although its president said a decision has not yet been made to move towards a full-scale walkout...
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Although I fully support my teaching colleagues, I am also a parent. My three kids attend the same neighbourhood school in which I teach Grade 3. I know how valuable the learning is that takes place in June and I wanted my own children to have a solid end to the year. I believe children need powerful endings as much as they need strong beginnings and for this reason, I voted no.
I wish I had more teaching experience or lesson plans from years past to fall back on, but I don't. I struggle to keep things together, and all the inspiration I've built over the past year is slowly being eroded away. I try to put on a smiling face for my students, but my morale is taking a beating. This isn't what I signed up for.
We legally aren't allowed to help students during lockout hours, nor are we allowed to be in the building. This is not a teacher choice. If we are at school working during these times, we're trespassing. It's why you'll see many of us having lunch on the curb. We aren't picketing during lunch. We're eating.
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VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers intend to launch a full-scale strike beginning next Tuesday, potentially keeping students across the province out of the classroom for the remainder of the scho...
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VANCOUVER - Teachers were holding protest rallies, schools were shuffling events, and with the union poised to announce whether a full-scale strike would be launched, British Columbia's premier was ur...
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It's a triage situation every day, and all the while, teachers must continue to create equitable and optimal conditions for learning. For many students, school is their safe, happy place; weekends and holidays are unpredictable.
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VANCOUVER - As British Columbia's unionized teachers began voting Monday on whether to amplify their job action, the province's education minister pointed to their support staff counterparts as proof...
Why won't a single member of Christy Clark's government stand up for the importance of public education? Were our current MLAs not once students themselves? Are they afraid they'll get kicked out of the cool kid club? Does she tell them what to wear? How to do their hair? Who to sit with at lunch? I know a high school clique when I see one.
VANCOUVER - A pivotal strike vote this Monday and Tuesday by British Columbia's teachers is no schoolyard game of chicken, and experts advise that tiptoeing, rather than stampeding, towards a strike o...
I'm being asked to vote on whether to strike in order to show that these things matter to me, when that shouldn't even be a question.... I'm stuck under that horrid rock of emotion, bound by financial stress, drained colleagues, and confused kids.
VANCOUVER - The B.C. government's bargaining agent is seeking an order that will compel unionized teachers to mark exams in the event of a full-scale strike.The BC Public School Employers' Association...
A group of students from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School in Surrey, B.C. are speaking out about the ongoing teacher-government labour dispute. In a video posted to YouTube last week, students are see...
B.C. teachers will be entering a third week of rotating strikes as the contract dispute with the province drags on. Here's the schedule of rotating school closures: Tuesday, June 10 61—Greater Victor...
VANCOUVER - As British Columbia's unionized teachers ponder whether to follow their leadership into a full-scale walkout, the union has admitted its war chest is empty and it won't be able to dole out...
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VANCOUVER - Graduation and exams for British Columbia's half-a-million public school students are in jeopardy as the teachers' union threatens to launch a full-blown strike.The BC Teachers' Federation...
You should have been walking across the stage this week at commencement, along with all your peers who started school with you in 2001. You should have been with them, celebrating the end of 13 years of schooling. You had been with them, all excited at the start. But by the end of your Grade 1 year, it became apparent that learning was not going to be easy for you.
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A B.C. psychologist whose viral letter outlined how he was docked pay despite working 70 hours of unpaid overtime will get the deduction back, said the B.C. Education Ministry. Todd Kettner, who works...
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I'm not saying "do" or "don't" walk out. You're rational beings. You have your own brains. You can make your own decisions. And I can't physically stop you from exiting a building. Most of you are bigger than me by the end of Grade 8, anyway. But I do hope that you make informed choices. That you really understand what you're doing and why you're doing it.
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Public school students in B.C. are being encouraged to stage their own walkout on Wednesday, as a bitter contract dispute between teachers and the provincial government drags on. Two Vancouver teens,...
We, the citizens and taxpayers of B.C., are both the consumers of and investors in the education system. It's a bit like being the dealer and the player at a high stakes poker game. You'd think the odds were in our favour, but no. This particular high-staked game is rigged and the deck is stacked against us. But if every gambler just walked out, there wouldn't be much of a casino to run, now would there?
RICHMOND, B.C. - Disruptive job action and hostile clashes between the government and British Columbia's unionized teachers are starting to irk the parents of half-a-million schoolchildren to the exte...