The B.C. Teachers Federation wants the provincial government to follow through on its promises about class size, composition and ratios for specialist teachers by opening up its checkbook.
BCTF President Glen Hansman wants the government to invest $300 million to fix the problem of over capacity classrooms.
“We can’t have a situation where school boards around the province are having to cut other programs or scramble in order to fund what the province should be stepping up and providing the money for.”
— BCTF (@bctf) February 8, 2017
Hansman says the province has the worse per student funding in Canada, this making out to $1,000 less per student.
“We need to make sure that our kids have all of the opportunities that are available to them, that they should have in their neighbourhood public schools.”
He adds, a significant amount of taxpayer’s money has been spent on the B.C.’s “elite” private schools for decades, and it’s time to dial that back.
“B.C. is one of the outliers when it comes to private school funding.”
In November, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled for teachers, noting class size and composition, and specialist teacher ratios should be included in their contract.
This January, the province and B.C. Teacher’s Federation have begun this reconciliation.
The provincial government agreed to immediately spend $50-million to hire the equivalent of 1,100 teachers.
The 2017 provincial budget will be released on February 21.