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BCTF School Staff Alert


September 11, 2007

Reminder: Avoid SPCs


The 2006 BCTF Annual General Meeting decided that teachers should withdraw from participation on school planning councils.

Teachers who had attempted to participate on SPCs in the past found a narrow, bureaucratic focus on accountability contracts, FSA results, and school growth plans. There was no opportunity to address the needs of the students in their classes.

The guidelines, directions, and rules for the operation of SPCs mean that school goals are a foregone conclusion. There is not a genuine discussion of the needs of students or the resources necessary to meet their needs. All goals have to have the ability of being reduced to a number.

The 2006 AGM recommended that teachers increase their active involvement with parents through parent advisory councils, other parent groups, and any opportunity teachers have to discuss education with parents.

Teachers are always willing to participate in educational change that will actually produce positive outcomes for students’ learning.

Talk to your staff rep or local president for ways you can help build this relationship.