Parents say: put kids first in ongoing school dispute

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Parents say: put kids first in ongoing school dispute

Put the children first.

That was the message a small group of parents took to a meeting with education minister Peter Fassbender today.

Coquitlam parent Lisa Cable says she’s not picking sides in the ongoing labour dispute, but wants everyone to focus on the needs of children.

“We need the government, the teachers union, the educators, the school district, the school trustees to stop for a moment, to step back and say you know what we’ve all made mistakes, there are problems in the education system, let’s all take responsibility.”

Fassbender says they had a good meeting.

“And I appreciate their concerns, I understand why they are concerned and I committed to the fact that we want the same outcomes, and that’s a great educational journey for every student no matter what their needs.”

Meanwhile Fassbender says the government can’t do anything to prevent further rotating strikes next week–except to reach a deal with the union.



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  1. Teachers in several school districts today aren’t getting paid. Many parents off work in those districts aren’t getting paid. Businesses in affected districts aren’t open. Kids in closed schools are missing performances. Politicians, ministry staff, their HR consultants, advisors and negotiators , district administrators and their staff are getting paid today. Money talks.