VANCOUVER, May 9 /CNW/ - This morning 187 teachers received layoff
notices that will become effective June 30th, 2011. Although the COPE
and VISION trustees have made efforts to minimize the cuts to teachers
in next year's budget, the Vancouver Board of Education will still not
have the necessary positions available to meet their obligation to all
teachers currently under contract.
Vancouver is experiencing the cumulative effects of many years of cuts.
If the recent court decision on Bills 27 and 28, by Madam Justice Susan
Griffin, was immediately implemented by the provincial government,
Vancouver would have the funds available to discontinue the layoff and
hire teachers for positions critically needed for students. These
include: more enrolling teachers to deal with class size and
composition issues, more ESL and Special Needs teachers, and itinerant
teachers who assess students and consult with school based staff.
Vancouver teachers call on Premier Christy Clark to immediately turn her
attention to our underfunded public education system. Funds need to be
allocated immediately for the next school year so that schools in
Vancouver, and in her potential riding, have the necessary staffing to
meet the needs of all students.
SOURCE VESTA: Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association
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For more information about this media release, contact: Chris Harris, President, Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association at email@example.com, 604-873-8378 (office) or 604-604-760-5833 (cell).