VSB's numbers don't add up

    VANCOUVER, April 19 /CNW/ - "The Vancouver School Board's numbers around
declining enrolment don't add up according to Ministry of Education data,"
says Anne Guthrie Warman Vice-President of Vancouver Secondary Teachers'
Association (VSTA).
    According to Ministry Data available on their website the decline in the
teaching force in Vancouver (6.3% since 2001/2) has greatly exceeded the
enrolment decline of 4.8%. (This does not include the 132.7 positions being
cut for the 2007-8 school year.)
    Guthrie-Warman states that "this number includes 34.2% fewer ESL teachers
in Vancouver, a staggering number when one considers the demographic diversity
in this district. It is equally astonishing that this Board pays lip service
to the necessity of supporting ESL learners while cutting this
disproportionate number of ESL positions."
    In contrast, Principals, Vice-Principals and senior management in
Vancouver have increased their numbers by 4.9%, despite this declining
    "It seems that addressing deficit issues in the Vancouver School District
is done on the backs of teachers and direct services to students and away from
the top-heavy management structure of this Board," says Guthrie Warman.

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