Public Education Forum to address "crisis" in provincial system
The Tyee.ca blog - The Hook
March 30, 2011
A coalition of south Vancouver Island teachers, student union representatives, early childhood educators, and public employee unions are holding a public forum April 2 at the University of Victoria to discuss what they call a "crisis" in British Columbia's public education system.
"We're looking at underfunding through early childhood right through to the university level," says Catherine Alpha, Sooke Teachers' Association representative for United for Public Education, the group holding the forum.
"The students at the university level have had a 300 per cent increase in their tuition costs, which means that when they're leaving school they're facing a debt load which is intense. We still don't have universal early childhood program that's fully funded, that's universal, that is regulated. And in the K-12, we've looked at just incredible cuts to the services for children with special needs to large class size and composition, with high numbers of children with special needs in classrooms with no support, and all of that is funding issues that we need to be addressing."