A must read by Les Leyne
Government conned parents and kids
“It’s a tale of a government secretly wanting to provoke a strike that year for political reasons. There are always cynics who read political motives into big public labour disputes. But it’s startling to see a judge blame months of disruption in schools firmly on the crass political motivations of a government. ”
“Ten years later, she was the premier of a government that, according to the B.C. Supreme Court, ran a lengthy con on parents and children to engineer some dim political advantage out of the argument created by the first bill.
Families first, indeed.”
– See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/les-leyne-government-conned-parents-and-kids-1.803854#sthash.WFRhlaEg.dpuf
Some might ask, why does this matter? Vivian Luk sums it up well in this article:
BCTF president Jim Iker called Monday’s ruling a triumph for teachers who have fought long and hard against a law that shortchanged a generation of children in B.C.
“These kids have gone to school in larger classes, and they’ve had less access to specialists like learning assistance teachers … and special education resource teachers,” he told reporters. “Their entire education, 12 full years, has been in an era of cutbacks, reduced services and underfunding.”
That Christy Clark would consider appealing this decision, is in my opinion, a slap in the face of parents, children and teachers. It’s time to end what appears to many, to be a personal vendetta of Clarks against the teachers union.
I would suggest to the premier, that she invest just one week of her time in classrooms where the impact of this bill in action can be experienced first hand. I’m sure there would be no shortage of teachers and parents willing to volunteer their classroom…and Premier Clark might actually understand the impact of sloppy, punitive legislation in action.