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BCTF report to MLAs calls for significant boost
Once again the BC Teachers' Federation is urging provincial legislators to follow through on their own previous recommendations to increase public education funding.

In the evening of September 21, 2016, BCTF President Glen Hansman appeared before the Legislative Assembly's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services in Richmond to submit the Federation's brief on the urgent need for substantially increased education funding to meet the diverse needs of students in BC. 

With a $1.9 billion surplus, it's time to re-invest in BC's public schools 
The BC government announced a projected provincial budget surplus of over $1.9 billion even as school districts around the province are considering more school closures and deeper cutbacks. BCTF President Glen Hansman reacted to the news by calling on the government to make an immediate and substantial re-investment in BC's public education system.

BCTF releases list of best kids’ books as selected by BC teachers
As part of the BC Teachers’ Federation’s 100th anniversary, the BCTF encouraged members to recommend their favourite kids’ books to celebrate literacy and lifelong learning. We asked teachers: “What are the books you believe every student should read before graduating?” The result is a list of 100 books each for elementary and secondary students with an accompanying online resource and poster set to promote the books and the love of reading.

Ministry of Education posts important curriculum updates
Teachers can now read updated proposals for the revised grades 10-12 curriculum as well as the finalized versions of the K-9 curriculum on the Ministry of Education website. The government has also posted instructional samples created by teachers from across the province. These samples will also be added to the federation’s resource-sharing site, TeachBC, in the coming days. Remember to share your own resources and lessons plans on TeachBC!  

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. 

Teaching for Reconciliation 
In addition to the Federation’s new Project of Heart: Illuminating the Hidden History of Residential Schools in BC resource featured in the slider above, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has released three excellent new grade 5, grade 10, and grade 11/12 residential school teaching resources. These can be downloaded for free, and support teaching of the new curriculum. 

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