Letter: Fund public education properly

I would call on Premier Clark and Minister Fassbender to address the class size and composition concern as soon as possible, reader writes.

Dear Premier Clark and Mininister of Education, Peter Fassbender;

I am very disappointed about Mr. Ready’s departure from the “Framework” for negotiations, late yesterday.

I am saddened to hear that although the public school teachers, BCTF bargaining team have this weekend made significant financial concessions; yet, the government refuses to budge from their required clause concerning court rulings on class size and composition.

Twice now, the B.C. government has been found to have violated Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms in B.C. Supreme Court regarding these provincial educational matters.

As we all know, funding of public education for our future literate and discerning population and for leaders of a well functioning province, is paramount to all B.C.  Those in charge of  public education have a duty to  servicing all  students of the families in this province.

I just recently attended the graduation ceremony of  Grade 12 students of Sardis Secondary, last June 2014. Many well respected guest speakers outlined the challenges around  best preparing all our youngsters for a lifetime ahead; a future that will encompass so many great changes for them to meet.

My grandson was in that graduating group. He has spent the last 12 years in this education system that has been underfunded.

I have taught in this public school system as well as living and teaching in Ontario for a few years, during this 12 year span. I have come to believe that it is public knowledge; that provinces which invest in their children’s education thereby deliver better quality of life for their whole populations. Better educated populations tend to build stronger communities, exponentially.

Our family has engaged in supporting a number of students during this difficult 12 year period, on our own, to ensure their success. Many people in this province cannot afford to do that, even although they continue to pay their taxes. Public education must not continue to suffer from lack of attention to class size and support for student needs to learn, as two court decisions have already ruled.

I would call on Premier Clark and Minister Fassbender to address the class size and composition concern as soon as possible. I also protest against any further public tax money from hard working B.C. families  to be used once again to attempt to reverse two previous court decisions. Instead, I encourage your government’s thoughtful investment in the education and futures of all B.C. public students.

Wendy Major

Retired Public Schoolteacher,

Chilliwack, B.C.

Just Posted

Chilliwack is home to Sasquatch, the first Canadian-designed hops plant

Created by Hops Connect, the Sasquatch hop is the country’s first patented hops plant

Retro meets modern design with idea for iconic Paramount sign

Proposed Paramount Project plans for downtown Chilliwack unveiled Monday

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Flight Fest to take off in Chilliwack once again

After a year-long break, Flight Fest is returning to the Chilliwack airport

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

Ottawa intervenes to get B.C. ball player, 13, to Little League World Series

Before immigration issue was resolved, Dio Gama was out practicing the game he loves Wednesday

Pet goldfish invades small B.C. lake

Pinecrest Lake is located between Whistler and Squamish

Metro Vancouver water reservoirs in ‘good shape’

Reserves sitting at 70-per-cent full, officials said, despite long stretch without major rain

Mounties deployed to help B.C. communities affected by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to places particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Chinese medicine practitioner in B.C. facing historical sex assault charges

71-year old Kit Wong practiced acupuncture from his home during the time of the assaults

Quebec sets aside $900 million for companies hurt by U.S. tariffs

Premier Philippe Couillard says his government will make $863 million available over five years

Farmers ponder impact of alternatives to pesticides being banned

The nicotine-based pesticides scientists have linked to a rising number of honey bee deaths will be phased out of use in Canada over a three year period starting in 2021.

Most Read