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Research Strikes Back!

Here you can access information relevant to the current legislation with links to a wider research base.

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What the latest ministry bulletin doesn’t tell us about education funding 
Each year the Ministry of Education releases figures implying that BC schools are receiving “more funding than ever”. So it is no surprise to read in a recent Ministry of Education bulletin (August 28, 2012) that “Since 2000–01, government has increased funding to BC public schools by nearly $1.4 billion”. What the ministry doesn’t say is that when provincial funding falls short of needs, the extra costs are downloaded onto school districts, leaving school boards with the unenviable task of cutting programs and services to offset budget shortfalls.
 
What the ministry isn’t saying about wage settlements in the public sector—an update (June 2012) 
BC public sector workers are left in the cold: Net-zero effectively freezes wages, even though federal, municipal, and many private sector workers have negotiated salary increases to help maintain their standards of living.
 
Is BC emulating the worst of US policies in education? 
Demonizing teachers is a proven method, led by American ‘reformers,’ of attacking public education. The result is demoralized teachers thinking about leaving the profession.
 
When is net zero more ‘net’ than ‘zero’ in BC school districts? When it applies to some but not to all 
School district administrators and trustees may not be as committed to “net zero” when aligning their salaries with those offered in Alberta or Ontario.
 
What the ministry isn’t saying about wage settlements in the public sector 
The “net-zero” mandate imposed by the provincial government is effectively a wage freeze that constitutes a form of wage discrimination. This article provides evidence to show that, on average, employees in the private sector and the rest of the public sector, unionized or non-unionized, will receive salary increases to help maintain their current standard of living.
 
Why are teachers so upset? One lesson to learn from the USA 
The lesson today comes from the USA: attacks on teachers hurt kids. And teachers under attack are leaving the profession. What lessons should we be learning in BC?
 
Teacher evaluations: Bill 22 heads for compliance and hierarchical monitoring 
Are teachers deficient and in need of ‘fixing’? Can teaching practice be improved by monitoring and enforced compliance? Bill 22 suggests so, but even experts quoted by BCPSEA disagree.
 
Setting the record straight: Challenging the myths perpetuated by BCPSEA in the media about BCTF Canadian teacher salary rankings 
This article includes a rebuttal by BCTF Research to each statement made by BCPSEA that misrepresents the methodology BCTF used to calculate Canadian teacher salary comparisons. Read more...
 
What the Minister of Education is not telling you about the $165 million Learning Improvement Fund 
The ministry’s three-year plan to freeze operating grants could result in up to a $300 million loss of purchasing power due to inflation. This suggests that improvements to classroom conditions arising from the Learning Improvement Fund will be far outweighed by the on-going erosion of classroom conditions arising from district budget shortfalls.
 
George Abbott selectively quotes Dawn Steele to bolster Bill 22 
Introducing the Education Improvement Act, George Abbott quoted from Janet Steffenhagen’s Report Card Blog of February 20, 2012, which referenced Dawn Steele, one of BC’s most active and articulate advocates for Inclusion. Read more...
 
Post and Fill: A claim that the government aims to ensure specialist teachers work in positions with expertise in their area of training 
George Abbott claimed in his speech introducing Bill 22 in the legislature that new teachers need to be trained in the specialist areas in which they teach, stating that there is a need for specialist teachers with appropriate training.  He stated that this was the reason for ‘post and fill’ language and focus the government is promoting.  How does this relate to what has happened in the last ten years, when the numbers of Learning Specialists have been severely cut?  Read more...
 
Teachers’ Professional Development: a matter of alignment? 

George Abbott, in introducing Bill 22 in the legislature, stated that proposed changes to teachers’ professional development was an effort to find ‘better alignment’ and was not an attempt to remove control from the BCTF. What Abbott meant by 'alignment' was not stated, but if previous employer representative documents are considered, they include explicit or implied statements such as the following. Read more...

 

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