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November 27, 2008

BC Federation of Labour rejects FSA


At yesterday’s session of the annual convention of the BC Federation of Labour, two motions were passed in support of the BCTF’s efforts to eliminate the Foundation Skills Assessments.

Following a number of speakers who called for random sampling, appropriate funding, and the need to retain a quality public education system, over 1,100 delegates representing over 500,000 working people passed the following resolutions unanimously:

• The Federation will call upon the government of BC to ensure that the Fraser Institute does not have access to Foundation Skills Assessment data.

• The Federation will support the BCTF in any actions they take to oppose the Foundation Skills Tests.

Comments included:
Lori Mayhew, Canadian Office and Professional Employees (COPE)
I have three children in the K–12 system. My oldest daughter is in Grade 9. She didn’t write the FSA in Grade 7. My son is in Grade 5 this year and didn’t write the FSA in Grade 4 last year. My youngest is in Grade 4 this year and won’t be writing the FSA, I’m proud to stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in the BCTF.

Andrew Appleton, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, (CEP) Local 1119
The FSA and the Fraser Institute rankings pit school against school, teacher against teacher and most shamefully, student against student. What kind of message does it send to our kids when they open the daily paper to find they’re 50 points below the school down the road?

Colin Pawson, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1069
Take a look at the FSA scores in the daily papers. You’ll see the impact that having money, opportunities, and a lunch every day has on test scores. We have kids living in poverty and coming to school hungry, yet they are being tested and their school is being ranked.