Parents react to year-round schools re-opening in B.C.

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While many students and parents in the five year-round schools in B.C. are overjoyed that classes will be back in session for them starting this week, some concerns are still in the air.

While the teachers in the five year-round schools are heading back to the classroom to finish the final few weeks of teaching, some parents worry this won’t be the end for teacher strikes.

Joseph Li is a parent of two children who attend year-round school.

“I’m glad they’re going back. I’m glad they realized it would be an incredible hardship for these students who are in balanced school year to miss out for five to six weeks.”

Li explains after missing so much school already, those in grade seven risk not being in line with peers when coming in to the same high school.

Negotiations are still on-going between the B-C government and all other striking teachers.



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  1. I got to get in here before Eric starts talking about the Middle East or cell phones in rainforests! This thing is very solvable – put the guns in the holster for awhile. Be respectful and do what is in the best interest of the citizens – even the ones who did not vote liberal. One thing at a time – wages 8% for six years but if the government wishes to make it seven years it goes up by one percent. Class size – stays the same. Benefits – stay the same with no 3000 buck therapeutic rub downs. Class composition, the biggest road block (despite what may believe to be fantasy), gets decided by the Supreme Court of Canada. Loser goes home!

    • Rick, I think you are bang on. That is where the deal is.
      It is going to be real interesting to see the difference in what was on the Table when they went out, and what their Union settles for.
      There is going to be no Legislated settlement this time, so the BCTF will have no one to blame. They, and they alone will have to explain why to their members.

  2. I don’t think the government will give in on the class size and composition issue because it has far larger implications than any 1 or 2% increase in teacher wages. First, the cost of bringing schools back to anywhere near the staffing levels of 2001 will be far greater than a percentage increase for the staff that are now employed. Second, government philosophy does not want to allow any sort of sharing in the decisions made at school – they want to finish implementing an industrial, manufacturing style of management rather than the cooperative, consultative, collegial style that was in place before. “I’m the boss and I make decisions”.

    • When and where was this cooperative, consultative, collegial style in place? Can you give examples of how this worked?
      I don’t believe it is possible to have a cooperative, consultative, collegial style anything with this Union. Perhaps if you were in a Professional association, this could happen, but with the Union telling you what to do, sort of eliminates the Teacher from the process, doesn’t it?