“The only side that I’m on is the side of my kids.”
Parents are ready for the government and teachers to turn their focus back towards students.
The B-C Court of Appeal ruled the government did not violate teachers’ charter rights to bargain class size and composition.
Jodie Wickens, a B-C mom, thinks the Supreme Court of Canada decision marks the time for the government and BCTF to switch their focus from the courtroom to the classroom.
“I think a lot of money is being spent in the courts fighting.”
With all the time in and out of court — she worries students are being over looked – especially those with special needs.
“Let’s look at what we can do to make our system more inclusive for everybody in the true sense of the word inclusion. For too long the argument has been about class composition – which has it’s merit, but it taints students with special needs in a very negative light.”
Wickens says kids have a right to their education and that’s where efforts should be concentrated.
She wants to see the fight end but BCTF president, Jim Iker says he plans to seek an appeal in Canada’s top court.
-With files from Allison Tanner