The BC Teachers’ Federation is committed to communicating with parents about our public education system. By sharing the stories of teaching and learning about the work we do every day, we hope to highlight important issues facing BC’s schools. We value the insights that parents provide about the learning needs of their children. Many teachers are parents themselves, and all teachers understand how important communication between school and home is to help the students we all care so much about.
BCTF Education Funding Brief 2016
On September 21 the BCTF submitted a brief with nine recommendations to the Legislative Assembly's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. In recent years, this committee has recommended significant and stable increases to public education funding in BC. It's time for the provincial government to address the concerns of many parents, teachers, and students by following the committee’s recommendations.
For more details see the
BCTF news release, detailing the recommendations, and the full BCTF
brief to the committee.
Privatization of Education in Canada: Funding and Enrollment Trends
This presentation gives an overview of the current state of public funding for private schools in five Canadian provinces, with a focus on funding and enrolment trends in British Columbia.
Questions and answers about underfunding
The 2016 provincial budget was presented on February 16. This is a set of questions and answers about funding that will help evaluate whether the government continues underfunding, or listens to the many voices calling for it to provide adequate funding.
This campaign highlights the need for BC to invest in public education. The
brochure (available in 5 languages) explains the major funding challenges faced by BC’s students, teachers, and school districts. Solutions for these issues are offered, as well as suggestions for how everyone concerned about this issue can work together. For detailed information please visit the BCTF Research section and
Major changes are currently happening to curriculum in British Columbia’s education system. The BCTF believes that many of these changes are positive, although there remain outstanding concerns.
The BCTF has recently created a presentation for parents called "So We Have a Revised Curriculum: What Does This Mean for My Child?" which can help answer questions such as "Will all learning be personalized?" and "Will this way of learning suit my child?"
Please see the Parent Presentations
section below for details on booking procedures.
Last year we gave
presentations to about 2,000 parents across the province. These workshops are short—approximately one-hour long. Presentations are available in English and in French. Some are specifically intended for Aboriginal parents. To have one of our trained presenters visit your school, please
fill out the
Parent Presentation Request form.
All BC students and school staff deserve to learn and work in healthy, safe environments. A new
brochure highlights important ongoing health and safety issues in our schools including water and air quality, seismic upgrades, and winter conditions. It provides ideas for those concerned to work together to ensure the ongoing health and safety of our children.
What BC parents need to know about student data and privacy
- Concerns and Questions about BC’s Student Information
System and Student Privacy
MyEducation BC is the new $100 million student information system of the Ministry of Education. Its introduction in this school year has seen huge problems, especially with its extremely slow operation. There are also a number of important questions about
what information on students is being collected, and why.
Better Schools for BC: A Plan for Quality Public Education
Our 41,000 members are working with parents, administrators, trustees, and other partners to support public education across BC. Nearly 600,000 BC children and youth from richly diverse backgrounds are enrolled in our schools.
Bill 11 - Education Statutes Amendment Act, 2015
BC Court of Appeal Decision: Bills 22 and 28
The BC Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the provincial government on April 30, 2015. The BCTF will seek leave to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court of Canada.
2014 BC Supreme Court Ruling on Bills 28 and 22
The BC Supreme Court ruling reaffirmed that provincial legislation limiting teachers’ bargaining rights is unconstitutional, restored collective agreement provisions stripped in 2002, and ordered the province to pay $2 million in damages plus court costs.