Lower mainland school districts delay summer school

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While a number of school districts in BC have cancelled summer school both Surrey, Burnaby, and Vancouver are among some who are delaying the decision.

Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey School Districts have decided to delay the start of summer school as well.

A final decision on whether or not to cancel it will be made by July 3rd.

Vancouver Superintendent Steve Cardwell says the delay is to buy time to see if the Teacher’s union and the province can reach a deal.

Cardwell says the district has roughly 17-thousand summer school registrations.

In Surrey Superintendent Jordan Tinney says they have over 11,000.

In letter to parents Tinney also warned them to brace for picket lines when school returns in September.

He says students in Surrey from Kindergarten to grade 9 will not be recieving report cards but rather will just be advanced to the next grade.

Surrey students in grades 10 through 12 will get report cards but they will be bare bones.

Teachers have threatened to put summer school sites behind picket lines if a deal is not reached by months end.

You can read the letter to parents from Surrey Superintendent Jordan Tinney HERE


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  1. The BCTF can’t handle the truth ! We live in a Province that has a homeless problem, limited resources, and starving Veterans. And those issues have to be concluded. Who’s gonna resolve them? You Mr. Teacher with your gravy train class and relaxed summer break? Those who run the Province have a greater responsibility than you can ever fathom, you weep for $3000 massage therapy benefits and you curse the special needs kids you teach. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what our leaders know: that those tax dollars save lives. And Christy Clark’s existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth, because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want her on your school board. You need her in your Teachers Federation. She uses words like Assets, liabilities, Gross regional product, industry project timelines and she uses those words as the backbone to a life spend providing resources and job opportunities to our Province including Education. You use them as a punch line. She has neither the time nor the inclination to explain her budget to a teacher who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very job she provides, then questions the manner in which she provided it ! She would rather you just say thank you and went on your way and I don’t blame her. Otherwise, I suggest you pickup a balance statement and find where the money is suppose to come from to support your gravy train. Either way, she doesn’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to !

    • @ Sammy, give me a break with the gravy train. Have you ever taught a class? You should try it sometime and then maybe you will see that the grass is not greener on the other side.

      PS How many jobs has Christy Clark really created?

      • Yes I’ve taught many classes in industry. Believe me it’s not rocket science. I assume you use technology to support your class and students access to info / materials. I hope that answers your question unless you were hoping I’d say I never taught a class?

        Christy Clark although not perfect has at least attempted to put the steps in motions to create jobs through industry with project creation.

  2. Even if the LRB rules teachers can’t picket during summer school, there will need to be applicants for the summer school teaching positions. Just the spot for a wannabe rookie teacher with 0 experience. Ya think?