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MyEducation BC — critical issues in technology
MyEducation BC is the new student information system for BC schools. New technologies always raise issues—from implementation and support to privacy in the era of “Big data.” This Powerpoint frames some of these issues.

Solidarity with the people of Nepal 
A great number of schools, teachers, students, and their families have been affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. Education International has sent out an appeal to teachers, urging them to show solidarity and support for Nepalese teachers and their families. Organizations BC teachers can support include the Red Cross, Oxfam, and UNICEF.

Dissenting voice speaks for teachers’ bargaining rights
Appeal Court Justice Ian Donald, the senior judge of BC’s appellate court, has long been one of the most respected members of the legal community in our province. This column by veteran labour reporter Rod Mickleburgh reflects on Judge Donald’s finely crafted dissent from the majority ruling against the BCTF, and its potential impact if the case is heard at the Supreme Court of Canada.  

Class composition stats highlight Premier's broken promise 
During last year's strike, Premier Christy Clark promised to make class composition her number one priority. However, statistics released April 17 show there has been virtually no improvement. According to the government's own figures, there are 16,156 classes with four or more children with special needs.  

Public funding of private schools boosted by Ministry
The Ministry this year gave independent schools a $5 million increase based on the Labour Settlement Fund resulting from the strike by public school teachers. Private schools get even more if the district they are located in is funded for drops in enrolment. Read the details here.

Independent school funding has increased more than 60% in the last decade, compared to less than 20% for public schools. Ministry budget projections for the next 3 years show further major gains. More...

Education funding—questions and answers
Does education funding for public schools even keep up with general inflation? What about other downloaded costs? Find answers to these and other questions about education funding.

Teacher Solidarity Across Borders
Read a new article about the importance of international solidarity in counteracting the effects of neo-liberalism worldwide. Find out more about the BCTF’s International Solidarity program at the updated webpage here.

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