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Dear parents,

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.

Request that your child be excused from the FSA

In January and February 2015, the government-mandated Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) tests will again be given to Grade 4 and 7 students across BC. As we have for the past several years, teachers are asking parents to request that your children be excused from these tests, which are not useful for student learning. Consultations with BC’s education partners have led to a broad consensus that the FSAs need to be replaced with a better assessment structure.

Please go to bctf.ca/fsa.aspx for the withdrawal letter and for more information.

Court Cases

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. More...

2011 BC Supreme Court Ruling   
In April 2011, the BC Supreme Court ruled in favour of the BCTF that provincial legislation from 2002–2004 limiting teachers’ bargaining rights was unconstitutional. The court gave the government 12 months to address the repercussions of this verdict. More...

Government puts politics before students with appeal  
Christy Clark’s decision to appeal Justice Griffin’s latest ruling suggests she and her government think they are above the law. Read BCTF President Jim Iker’s full statement here.

Facts about education funding

Finance Committee Recommendations

In October 2014, the BCTF presented its Brief on Education Funding to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services of the BC Legislature. The committee recognizes that significant additional funds are needed to support public education. More...  

The numbers tell the story

This easy-to-read pamphlet presents reliable information from Statistics Canada and other sources to show the decline in BC government support for public education over the past decade. More... 

Parent Presentations

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. More... 

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. More...