Welcome to the New School Year!

I ask all parents to take the time to go to your child / children’s school and meet their teacher or teachers within the first TWO weeks. This will help ensure that everyone gets off to a great start and there is the important, two way  exchange of information that happens at the BEGINNING of the year…proactive communication, not reactive.

Bill 22 has removed class size limits on all grades from grade 4 to grade 12. Be aware of this and find out what your child / children’s class sizes are. Teachers strongly believe that with the complex needs of so many children these days, smaller class sizes are needed. Also, there are no limits on the number of special education students even though teachers have expressed much concern as they know that this is NOT in the best interests of any of the students.

Please read the following summary of  the concerns and issues with Bill 22

Bill 22 hurts students and attacks teachers’ rights

Bill 22 makes working and learning conditions even worse

  • repeals and reintroduces parts of Bills 27/28 that stripped class-size and composition contract language and were ruled unconstitutional by the BC Supreme Court
  • wipes out virtually all current class-size and composition limits found in the School Act (Bill 33)
  • no limits on number of students with special needs in a class
  • no limit of numbers of students in Grades 4 to 12
  • no consultation with teachers about their classes
  • no public accountability for school boards

Bill 22 means no collective bargaining

  • legislates net zero, no salary or benefit improvement, or anything that has a cost
  • ends free collective bargaining by imposing a government-appointed “mediator” who must operate under a narrow government mandate focused on employer concessions
  • the mediator is bound by net zero
  • concessions regarding seniority, post and fill, layoff and recall, evaluation and dismissal, control of professional development must be part of the new contract
  • makes any strike action an offence subject to heavy fines for members, representatives, and the union
  • attacks fundamental Charter right of freedom of association

Bill 22 ignores the BC Supreme Court ruling

  • BC Supreme Court Justice Griffin found contract stripping legislation regarding class size and composition was unconstitutional
  • Bill 22 repeals Bills 27 and 28 and then legislates them back into effect
  • fails to restore minimum service level guarantees for special education, ESL, teacher-librarians, and other learning specialist teachers
  • fails to restore language supporting the integration of students with special needs.

Thank you for your on-going support!

Trustee Deborah Nohr