Is it a shot across the bow of the BC Teachers Federation?
Education Minister Peter Fassbender has tabled a bill that will allow the province to set professional development standards for teachers-an area currently under the union’s control.
But Fassbender says there are no penalties attached–and he’s not suggesting the union is wasting time during professional development days.
“I’m not going to characterize it in a negative way at all. Teachers work very hard, they do a lot of good work. But what is clear and what we have talked about and as I said, international research has shown us, the quality of professinoal development directly translates to the job satisfaction and to the ability of teachers to be successful and for their students to be successful.”
The bill will also allow the government to force school districts to share services in order to save money and bring in new reporting rules around student achievement.
Fassbender says the union was just told about the changes last night but the government says it now wants to collaborate with the union on the new development standards.
The BCTF says Jim Iker was indeed briefed by ministry staff but there was nothing in the briefing about changes to Pro-D days or this new shared services model.