After months of negotiating the government and B.C. Teachers’ Federation have reached a deal to restore class size and composition.
Education Minister Mike Bernier says $150-million is going into the school system on top of the $150-million previously announced, plus another $30-million to bring the total to $330-million.
Funding is going to be funneled through a new classroom enhancement fund.
The new money will allow the hiring of 2,600 new teachers.
“When you bring a new teacher on, there are additional costs to a school district, whether that’s on call for sick time, or extra supplies for school or for more janitorial services.”
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The amount going to each district is still being worked out.
“We figured out what each school district is approximately going to get to restore the language of how many teachers they are going to get. I’ll give you an example, The Vancouver School District when we looked at them, their approximate number could be anywhere between $50 to $60-million dollars more that they’ll be getting in their budget this year, but we won’t know the exact until September.”
The deal stems from a Supreme Court of Canada ruling allowing teachers to bargain class size and composition, language that was stripped from their contracts in 2002.
Back in January, the province committed $50-million on the first phase of implementation, allowing for 1,100 teachers to be hired.