BC’s premier is weighing in after the BC Teachers Federation announced it’s taking the class-size and composition case to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Christy Clark says we don’t know whether the top court will even hear the case.
“They only hear about 10% of the cases that they’re requested to hear. So we don’t know about that yet. I don’t want to speculate about it.”
The Clark government has been accused of wanting to undermine BC’s public education system and build up the private sector.
“We need a mix of education in the province. Parents need to be able to choose what kind of education they want. Many parents, almost 20%, want a faith-based education. We should support that. But the core of it is a high-quality public education system.”
Clark repeated that yesterday’s decision gives the two sides a chance to smooth out their relationship.
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Teachers support taking case to highest court
The BC Court of Appeal sided with the province, tossing out an earlier ruling that said it had infringed on the teachers’ Charter rights.
Meanwhile, the President of the BC Teachers’ Federation says teachers are backing the union’s plan to take their case to the Supreme Court of Canada after yesterday’s Court of Appeal loss.
Jim Iker says his members are willing to fight all the way to the highest court.
“They absolutely see the need for it and they understand why and it’s about our student’s learning conditions, it’s about our working conditions and it’s about the sanctity of when you sign an agreement between a government and a union that they honour it.”
Iker says taking the case to the country’s highest court is also about fighting for all working people.