Alberni Teachers’ Union waiting for teacher hires after court decision

The province has provided $50 million to school districts for priority measures to hire teachers and support students.

Students in School District 70 (SD70) will soon benefit from more teacher hires and improved supports thanks to funding from the province.

After reaching an agreement with the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), the province has provided an interim settlement of $50 million to school districts in the province to begin hiring up to 1,100 teachers and improving student supports for the current school year.

The funding is a step towards the end of a legal battle between the government and the union that began in 2002, when then-education minister Christy Clark passed legislation that removed specialist teacher language, class composition and class size from the teachers’ contracts.

It is not yet determined how much funding will be allocated for SD70 but members of the Alberni District Teachers’ Union (ADTU) are happy with the announcement.

“We’re very, very pleased with the additional money to hire more teaching staff and this will certainly be helpful for students in SD70,” Ken Zydyk, ADTU president, said.

“I think it’s important to note this is a result of the BC Teachers’ Federation victory in the Supreme Court of Canada in early November. It’s not because the province felt like giving the money but it’s about respecting the court decision. This is also the first step in the process as the provincial parties work towards the full restoration of what was stripped from our collective agreement language in 2002.”

Zydyk said SD70 has many needs but feels the funding will assist with providing more support for children with diverse learning needs from Kindergarten through Grade 12. The union will work together with the school district to identify priority items and where funding is most needed.

“That gives us an opportunity to look closely at restoring some of those language provisions on class size and seeing if we need to alleviate some situations,” Zydyk said. “The next step is important. While we’re pleased with the province’s $50 million response…it’s very important that the province follow up on the full restoration of the language and put enough funds in the education budget that’s coming in February.”

Pam Craig, SD70 trustee board chair, said no specific guidance has been given from the province yet as to how much funding will be provided to SD70.

“The ministry makes their decisions and then informs the districts on that decision and we expect to get that quickly,” Craig said.  “District staff and our union representatives are working to be ready when that money does arrive.”

 

karly.blats@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Khalsa Aid Canada helps Port Alberni family after house fire

Family of four has been staying at Redford Motel since July 25

Port Alberni firefighters raise $500 for Burn Camp

To date, Port Alberni has raised $13,000 for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund

Port Alberni residents fighting with BC Ferries

Medically assured loading aboard ferries welcomed by Islanders

Canal Beach in Port Alberni open for swimming

Beach had been closed in July after high bacteria readings were detected in the water

North Island College offers resources for students learning online

College will hold a ‘virtual orientation’ this week

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

COVID-19 vaccine efforts provide hope but no silver bullet to stop pandemic: Tam

There are more than two dozen vaccines for COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world

Two people die in propane heated outdoor shower near Princeton

Couple was attending a long weekend gathering

Study shines light on what makes LGBTQ+ youth feel safe in a community

The study goes beyond looking at school or family supports

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

B.C. to allow customers to buy cannabis online for in-store pickup at private shops

Age verification will still be required inside the store

30% of British Columbians would ‘wait and see’ before taking COVID vaccine: poll

Some are concerned about side effects, while others don’t think the virus is a big deal

Most Read