Tuesday, August 26

School Start Day and Teachers Strike

We all remain hopeful that school will begin on time, however, at this point, here's what we can do:

Below is the copy of a letter sent by the Laura Secord PAC to its parent community plus its two corresponding attachments (see the links below). 

I've included it here for your information and hope that you as a Dickens parent/guardian can participate too. 

There is a belief that "snail mail" letters to government members might be more effective than email, and it's certainly worth a try.

Thank you,
Andrea Sinclair
PAC Chair (Main School)


From Secord PAC to their Parents:

As we reach what should have been the end-point in the Summer break for our children, there has been no movement in the bargaining process between the BCTF and the Liberal Government. As a result, we now face the possibility of the school year not resuming on September 2nd, 2014, which hurts our children and their access to quality education first and foremost.

A fellow parent and concerned citizen has put together the two attached documents. The first provides more details regarding the circumstances of the teacher’s strike. See: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YHr27waZfukYvsDx1jW7lkbYM3O3QWxXwpM8p88b3kY/edit


The second is a letter to the government in support of public education. Click here for the template: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pSf3bya6CcR8_acSPL2XLWnPpjJfXtNNJ5kd6aaj6VU/edit#

Please take a moment to read through the info. Sign off, print and mail the letter to the eight Liberal Government Executive addresses below.

Alternately, you can copy and paste the letter so that you can edit it as you see fit, and add in your information and concerns as needed.

It is our goal as a school community to support access to quality Public Education for our children. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it is imperative that we put pressure on the Liberal Government and the BCTF to resume talks and for teachers and staff to return to the classroom in September, for the sake of our children and their future.

Addresses:

Christy Clark, Premier and President of the Executive Council
Box 9041
Station PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC  V8W 9E1

Peter Fassbender, BC Minister of Education
301 A – 15930 Fraser Highway
Surrey, BC  V4N 0X8

Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice
112-2609 E. 49th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5S 1J9

Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development
101 – 5658 176th Street
Surrey, BC
V3S 4C6

Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
5640 Dunbar Street
Vancouver, BC
V6N 1W7

Coralee Oaks, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
644A Front Street
Quesnel, BC
V2J 2K8

Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance
103 – 32660 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC
V2T 4V6

Don McRae, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation
437 5th Street
Courtenay, BC
V9N 1J7

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