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, 604-873-8378 (office) or 604-604-760-5833 (cell).

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VESTA: Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association

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