Today COPE the Coalition of Progressive Electors expressed its support for the actions of teachers in defending public education. “The teachers’ struggle is an important way to bring attention to the underfunding of public schools by Christy Clark and her government, as well as to the needs of our students for increased and improved services,” said former school trustee Jane Bouey.
Bouey pointed out that in Vancouver teachers have had increasing difficulty in ensuring that their students receive the support they require, especially students who are poor, who are aboriginal, who have special needs or who are ESL.
COPE School Trustee Allan Wong reiterated support for free collective bargaining for teachers and COPE’s opposition to the government’s legislation, Bill 22, stating “The terms of Bill 22 are no way to resolve the issues facing teachers and students.” He concluded: “We all should stand up and be counted among those who say we want an education for our children that meets all their needs. For their contribution, we thank our teachers.”