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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.  

Feed Their Minds. Fund Their Schools

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 FundBCSchools.ca

Working together to make our schools healthy and safe

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. Read more...

Curriculum change (revised)

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.
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Education funding

  • Education Funding Brief
    Recommendations for more funding for public schools were presented by the BCTF to the Standing Committee of the Legislature on Finance: funding for curriculum change, more teaching staff, and restoring free education for adults. Reduced funding for private schools was also recommended.
  • 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. 

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.

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... 

Bill 11 - Education Statutes Amendment Act, 2015

Court Cases

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. More...

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...