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Members of the executive of the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) will launch a province-wide tour this week to highlight the challenges and struggles with which teachers deal in the face of legislation that was designed to improve education for the province's students.
"The impact of the provisions of Bill 33 has not been as positive as we had hoped," says BCTF First Vice-President Irene Lanzinger. "This tour will help shed light on the shortcomings of the legislation, and point out what teachers have maintained all along-that the provincial government needs to adequately fund the public education system. We will be looking for additional funding in February's provincial budget to help teaching and learning throughout the province."
The tour will provide teachers, students, parents, and trustees the opportunity to voice their experiences and concerns directly to the Federation which will "press for another meeting of the Learning Round Table so that we can bring these issues to the attention of the provincial government," says Lanzinger. "We are always prepared to engage in dialogue with education stakeholders to improve learning conditions for our students and teaching conditions for our members."
Members of the BCTF executive will visit most regions of the province, beginning with Williams Lake on Tuesday, January 16. The tour will wrap up in February after visiting Prince George, Kamloops, Victoria, and tentatively, Prince Rupert, Terrace, and Cranbrook. Other cities may be added to the schedule.
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THE B-C TEACHERS' FEDERATION IS LAUNCHING A PROVINCE-WIDE TOUR THIS WEEK TO HIGHLIGHT THE CHALLENGES AND STRUGGLES THAT STILL EXIST IN B-C CLASSROOMS, DESPITE LEGISLATION IMPOSED LAST YEAR AIMED AT IMPROVING PUBLIC EDUCATION.
THE FIRST STOP ON THE TOUR IS WILLIAMS LAKE.
B-C-T-F FIRST-VICE-PRESIDENT, IRENE LANZINGER (LAN'-ZING-ER), SAYS THE TOUR WILL SHOW THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ADEQUATELY FUND THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM IF B-C IS TO BE THE MOST LITERATE JURISDICTION IN CANADA BY 2010.
LANZINGER SAYS THE B-C-T-F WILL BE LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL EDUCATION FUNDING IN FEBRUARY'S PROVINCIAL BUDGET.
THE B-C-T-F IS ALSO CALLING FOR ANOTHER MEETING OF THE LEARNING ROUND TABLE, WHICH PROVIDES EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS KEY EDUCATION ISSUES WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT.
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For more information, contact Yvonne Eamor, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).