Federal funding for more
teachers and remote learning will help keep schools safe
BCTF President Teri Mooring
welcomed today’s provincial announcement that key priorities for the federal
government’s $242 million fund to support BC schools would be hiring additional
teachers and staff, as well as ensuring remote learning options are available
in every school district.
BC government needs to slow down, get the restart plan right
Earlier today, the federal
government announced that BC would receive more than $242 million to help
restart schools in a safe way this September. BCTF President Teri Mooring
applauded Premier John Horgan’s efforts to help get that much-needed funding
from the government. However, she is concerned that the BC Ministry of
Education went ahead with today’s announcement on the restart plan without
working with partners on how to use that new funding to ensure the K–12 restart
is as safe and effective as it can be.
BC teachers call for smaller classes and stricter mask mandate
When the government first announced their K–12
restart plan on July 29, the BC Teachers’ Federation expressed significant
concerns that the plan needed more work. BCTF President Teri Mooring said some good steps, like adding time at the beginning of the school year for teachers and staff teams to prepare, have been taken since then. However, some of teachers’ biggest concerns have yet to be addressed.
Survey of 16,400 BC teachers reveals health and safety a top priority
The results of a province-wide
teacher survey released today adds to voices of parents, school administrators, and teachers saying that students should only return when BC schools are ready.
BCTF statement on COVID-19 and the rise in anti-Asian racism
The teachers of British Columbia stand in
solidarity with all people of Chinese ancestry and Asian heritage, who are experiencing a new wave of racist attacks fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Federation’s full statement here.