For Immediate Release: March 7, 2012
The Education Committee of The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) is calling on Minister of Education George Abbott to assure parents that the savings from the teachers strike this week will remain with school boards for them to use for students’ education.
In Vancouver, the need for these funds to remain in the system is particularly acute. The Vancouver Board of Education faces yet another budget deficit, which underlines the reality that the K-12 education system has been dramatically underfunded by the provincial government in recent years. Vancouver teachers’ are making clear by their job action that the provincial government has provided insufficient resources to meet the needs of Vancouver students and to provide teachers even a modest cost-of-living wage increase.
“We insist that our children’s educational needs must be a priority for this government. More support, not less, is required,” said Allan Wong, COPE’s school trustee. “That is the message of this week’s actions by teachers and it must be respected.”