So what was the BCTF REALLY fighting for?
You'll all remember the teacher's strike last fall that disrupted the lives of thousands of students and their families.
Today the BC Government released their audit of class commposition in BC - you can find the news release with links to background here.
"The report shows that, on a provincial level, there is an average of 17.7 students in kindergarten; 20.8 students in grades 1 through 3; 26.3 students in grades 4 through 7; and 25 students in grades 8 through 12. The report further shows:
· Eighty-six per cent of all classes have 30 or fewer students.
· Fifty-six per cent of all classes have 26 or fewer students.
· Twenty-two per cent of all classes have 20 or fewer students.
· One-third of classes have no students with special needs; only five per cent of classes have five or more students with special needs, and the vast majority of those have additional classroom supports.
· More than half of all classes have no ESL students; only 10 per cent have five or more ESL students.
The class-size data also determined that 15 school districts were not in compliance with provincial average class-size legislation in at least one category."
Hardly appears the disaster we were led to believe in September...
Awaiting the BCTF response.