October 11, 2011
Editor: I am a teacher in the Coquitlam School District.
Education funding as a percentage of the provincial budget has declined from 26 per cent to 15 per cent. This has caused B.C.’s student funding to fall dramatically behind that of other provinces.
Money has been re-directed from the education budget to items such as the 2010 Olympics and the $650 million roof for BC Place. In 2002, the government legislated away the right of teachers to bargain class size and special needs composition within their classes.
After many years and millions of dollars from teachers’ pockets, a Supreme Court judge told the government that they acted illegally. The BC Liberal government has ignored the judge’s ruling.
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