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Season’s Greetings from Jim Iker
Thank you for all your hard work, commitment, and strength in 2014. As schools close for the winter break, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope you all enjoy some down time with family, friends, and loved ones. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy your surroundings wherever you may be during the break. Happy New Year! 

Government cut to adult education is bad policy
The government’s decision to cancel funding for adults working to upgrade their education is ill-conceived policy on both the social and economic fronts, BCTF President Jim Iker said.

From BCeSIS to MyEducation BC—a look at critical issues
The ministry has adopted MyEducation BC as the new student information system for BC schools to replace BCeSIS. New technologies always raise issues--from implementation and support to privacy in the era of “Big data.” This Powerpoint frames some of these issues.

Education Plan or ‘Re-engineering? Which way is BC’s K-12 system heading?
A BCTF research report considers possible future directions for BC’s K-12 public schools with reference to a range of recent government reports, exploring the question ‘Why do we educate?’

BC teachers win pregnancy leave case
Immediately after oral arguments were made, the Supreme Court of Canada sided with the BCTF in its efforts to defend pregnancy leave rights. The Supreme Court issued its unanimous decision from the bench, agreeing with the union that denying parental benefits to birth mothers, because they received pregnancy benefits, was discriminatory.

Teachers call on government to fully fund provincial obligations
In its written submission to the BC Legislative Assembly’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, the BCTF put forward five key recommendations to ensure the government meets its provincial obligations under the new provincially negotiated collective agreement and improves overall funding to help teachers meet the needs of students. The BCTF’s full education funding brief can be accessed online.

Public funding, not corporate marketing
At the BCTF Representative Assembly on Nov. 7 and 8, 2014, representatives from the North Vancouver Teachers’ Association brought forward a motion to oppose Chevron’s Fuel Your School program. The program encourages community members to fill up at Chevron gas stations in participating school districts with $1 from every sale over 30 litres going towards various classroom projects. The motion was passed.

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