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Solidarity with the people of Nepal  
BC teachers are joining Education International and other education organizations around the world in appealing to our members to help those impacted by the Himalayan earthquake. According to Education International, a great number of schools, teachers, students, and their families have been affected by the quake and its aftershocks. Education International has sent out an appeal to all teacher organizations, urging them to show solidarity and support for Nepalese teachers and their families. Other organizations BC teachers can support include the Red Cross, Oxfam, and UNICEF.

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.

Five Reasons A ‘Yes’ Vote In The Transit Plebiscite Is Good For Workers
This one-page sheet from the BC Federation of Labour provides five simple reasons why Metro Vancouver residents should vote Yes in the upcoming transit and transportation plebiscite. Many more reasons and additional information can be found at www.bettertransit.info and mayorscouncil.ca.

Teacher Solidarity Across Borders
Read a new article about the importance of international solidarity in counteracting the effects of neo-liberalism worldwide. The BCTF works in partnership with other teacher unions to help strengthen one another, understand global trends in education policy, and build capacity to influence education policy, practices and programs.
Find out more about the BCTF’s International Solidarity program at the updated webpage here.

From BCeSIS to MyEducation BC—a look at critical issues
The ministry has adopted MyEducation BC as the new student information system for BC schools to replace BCeSIS. New technologies always raise issues—from implementation and support to privacy in the era of “Big data.” This Powerpoint frames some of these issues.

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