DECEMBER IN A SPEEDING CAR
It feels like looking out the window of a speeding require the same capital
car. The landscape is changing so quickly, it is a blur i n fr a s t r u c t u r e . O n - l i n e
of shapes and colours. This is the current political courses are also exempt from
landscape. With changes in the liberal party, government class size and
disharmony in the NDP, and even differences of composition legislation.
opinion in the house of labour, nothing is the same one Distributed learning teachers
day to the next. in Surrey are already seeing
One of the most recent surprises has been the an increased workload. While
release of Don Avison’s report on the College of on-line learning works well Denise Moffatt
Teachers. The report was completed over the summer, for some students, most agree STA President
but sat at the Ministry until December. The contents that an on-line experience
were surprising to all of us. Despite claims that cannot replace the socialization and citizenship skills
“everything in the report is true,” it is clear that many learned in schools, nor the hands-on learning
of the assertions require further investigation. opportunities.
Certainly the three egregious cases cited in the report The expiration of our collective agreement is
require further investigation and explanation. The coming quickly. The bargaining team has worked hard
conclusion, however, that the BCTF interfered or is to get feedback from teachers and committees and will
somehow responsible for these cases is not true. The present local bargaining objectives to the membership
BCTF does not interfere in the certification process or at the January 19th General Meeting. We will also be
intervene in the individual discipline cases of teachers. electing AGM delegates at that time. We hope to see
The bottom line is that changes to the College are on many of you at the meeting as local bargaining is the
the horizon, and it remains to be seen to what extent best way for you to have a say in your working
the BCTF’s voice will be considered in moving conditions.
The newest change is the District’s move to alter January 4, 2011
the scheduling of the school day at secondary schools. In this issue:
The government has failed to sufficiently fund the ♦ Bargaining training
capital projects required to provide educational space ♦ BC Fed Convention
to Surrey students and the District is looking for a ♦ Bill 27/28 contract stripping
solution. In our view, this plan is not a good one. We ♦ Bill 33
have heard from many members who are very ♦ Convention is just around the corner
concerned about the impact of such changes on their ♦ Did you know your collective agreement
programs, their students, extracurricular activities and ♦ How Surrey students, teachers and schools give
their family lives. We have issued a press release and back
spoken to the media. We will meet with District ♦ February 11th Pro-d
representatives early in the new year. We will also ♦ Pension buyback
make sure Surrey MLAs are aware of our concerns. ♦ Reducing our carbon footprint
One explanation for the government ignoring the ♦ Ride-share program
urgent needs in Surrey might be that it is part of a plan ♦ Teachers on Call preferential callout
to force their educational reform agenda. Refusing to ♦ Sick leave
build schools fits with a plan to increase the number of ♦ STA mentorship program
students enrolled in on-line learning, which does not
BILL 27/28 CONTRACT STRIPPING
The legal challenge to Bill 27 • After its election in May 2001, bargaining table in what John
and 28 continues. The BCTF is government had determined Rogers characterized as “sham”
alleging BCPSEA bargained in that provisions governing class or “surface” bargaining; in
bad faith prior to the government size and class composition, as other words, bargaining in bad
stripping various provisions from well as non-enrolling ratios, faith.
our collective agreements, would be removed from the This is a crucial case for
including class size, composition, collective agreement through teachers and everyone is hopeful
legislation. that the result will be in our
BCPSEA continued to pretend to
• BCPSEA was aware of the favour. A decision may take
bargain with foreknowledge of
impending legislation. several months.
• despite BCPSEA’s You can see details of the
and case load in 2002. Lawyer foreknowledge of the case at:
John Rogers entered extensive legislation, it continued to meet www.bctf.ca/features.aspx.
documentation to showing that with the BCTF at the
PENSION BUYBACK Rule amendments regarding leave provisions
Did you know there are many different types of family responsibility leaves of absence.
leaves of absence you can purchase as pensionable If you choose to purchase service for a leave of
service? Did you know that purchasing pensionable absence covered under the ESA, your employer must
service for leaves of absence can increase your future pay for their portion
pension benefits? of that leave.
As a member of the Teachers’ Pension Plan you Please refer to the
may have the opportunity to purchase pensionable PensionFacts,
service for leaves covered under the Employment Purchasing leaves of
Standards Act (ESA). These include pregnancy (often absence available on
referred to as maternity), parental/adoption, the plan’s website at
bereavement, compassionate care, jury duty and www.pensionsbc.ca
STA Full Time Table Officers
President ‐ Denise Moffatt
First Vice President ‐ Chrystal Tagmann
RIDE SHARE PROGRAM
1‐email@example.com Interested in sharing a ride to and from
Second Vice President ‐ Jennifer Wadge work? Click on https://sd36.ride-share.com/
2‐firstname.lastname@example.org For directions, screenshots and an FAQ that explain
Health & Safety Officer ‐ Lori Wilson the process go to https://online.rideshare.com/
grv‐email@example.com Only employees of the Surrey School District can
Grievance Officer ‐ Steve Ranta sign up. Also, when someone signs up using their
firstname.lastname@example.org “@sd36.bc.ca” address they have the option to restrict
matches to only employees
Grievance Officer ‐ John Wyndham registered on the School District No.
grv‐email@example.com 36 sub-site. Register online for free
Professional Issues Officer ‐ Stephen Anderson and start enjoying greener
HOW SURREY STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS
By Sylvia Moffatt assistance. E.g. children who needs
Schools produced amazing have no school supplies, attend • food restrictions, if any, are
results in providing hampers for the Breakfast Club, parents are noted, and food is a priority
families again this year. Hampers • pre-schoolers and children to
Kudos for the numerous
provided winter clothes, household age 16 are included
hampers provided by Surrey
• if families are unable to pick up
staples and even groceries for schools to families in need.
many families. Teachers and hampers, arrangements are made
students in more affluent areas can for teachers to deliver the boxes
take on a project of providing just unemployed, or families have • cards of thanks are forwarded to
one or many hampers for families just arrived in Canada, etc. (The the donor school
in schools (possibly Inner City parents are asked tactfully if they Schools involved in these
where the need is really quite need a hamper at this time.) hamper projects find it to be a
urgent.) It makes a more festive • only first names and ages are rewarding experience and families
Christmas or winter holiday for sent on to the donor school for speak warmly of how happy they
both the ‘giver’ and the ‘receiver’. privacy reasons were to be
Looking back and planning for • families are asked not to apply to included and
next year or helping families in the Christmas Bureau for r e me m b e r e d
need at other times of the year, another hamper as supply is so in their time
here are some helpful hints: limited of need.
• staff members contact families • volunteer teachers contact the
who in their opinion may need family to ask sizes and clothing
TEACHERS ON CALL PREFERENTIAL CALLOUT
By Glynis Cawdell, TTOC is especially true. As job requests Unfortunately what happens more
The debate continues in Surrey often come in days or even weeks often is that the teacher just
and across the province: To in advance, TTOCs know where chooses not to request that TTOC
request, or not to request? I’ve they’re going ahead of time and back, even telling colleagues to do
spoken to many TTOCs and the same. Sometimes teachers
Should teachers really be acting request TTOCs just because they
contract teachers on this issue and
as the employer and choosing chatted in the staff room at lunch
yet I still struggle to know what’s
who gets work and who doesn’t? and the TTOC was outgoing and
The truth is, there are some friendly. Is this fair?
good things about preferential call can communicate with the I can’t blame teachers for
out. When you’re one of the 800 classroom teacher beforehand. wanting to call back the same
plus TTOCs in Surrey, and you You feel prepared. You feel TTOC so that their students have a
can be dispatched to any of our confident. familiar face greeting them in the
120 school sites (at 5:30 AM no That’s not to say requesting is morning. I understand that
less. ) It’s no wonder TTOCs love without its dark side. Should secondary school teachers want to
to get requested. Being called back teachers really be acting as the leave their class in the hands of a
to the school allows you to make employer and choosing who gets specialist trained in their particular
connections and feel like a work and who doesn’t? Is it subject. My request to teachers is
member of the staff. The students ethical to evaluate a TTOC you that you carefully consider your
already know your expectations so have never seen teach? If a teacher motivation for selecting a
less time is spent on behavioural legitimately felt a TTOC did an particular TTOC. Is it because of
issues. For special needs students, inadequate job, they have an student learning or are you making
who require more consistency, this obligation to contact that teacher TTOCs participate in a popularity
and give the m feedback. contest?
DID YOU KNOW YOUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT?
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE F.20 TEACHER
F.20.2 EVALUATION AND
Subject to the School Act
which takes place as a result
of a school scheduled
informal report to parents will
PROFESSIONAL RIGHTS and Regulations and Article be considered as an informal
a. Within the bounds of E.30, the application of report for that student. Where
effective educational practice consistent evaluation and a parent-teacher interview
and prescribed provincial and does not take place for a
locally-developed curricula, particular student, then an
teachers shall have individual informal report of a type
professional autonomy and agreeable to the district must
responsibility in the planning Used with permission -
still be provided.
and presentation of course Compass Stone by John Carmichael b. In secondary semestered
materials in the classes to schools there shall be no more
which they are assigned. grading practices including than four (4) written formal
b. Within the bounds of reports and two (2) informal
teachers shall have individ-
effective adult educational reports each school year,
ual professional autonomy
practices and prescribed unless the teacher decides
and responsibility in the
curricula and/or district planning and presentation
program goals, adult c. In secondary schools with
education teachers shall have the pass/fail provisions more than two (2) terms of
individual professional applying to each student shall instruction, the number of
autonomy and responsibility be under the individual student progress reports for
in the planning and professional autonomy of the each student shall not exceed
presentation of adult teacher. one (1) formal and one (1)
education course materials in F.20.3 REPORTING TO informal report per term
the classes to which they are PARENTS unless the teacher decides
assigned. a. A parent-teacher interview otherwise.
FEBRUARY 11TH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SMARTboard Workshop is Balance
being held at M. J. Norris 2) Mark Less, Assess More
Elem. Please register in Please register in Please remember to
SDworkshop. SDWorkshop under the apply to your PD Chair
As part of our Focus Days and Workshops for funding well in
commitment to help our icon on First Class. advance of the event. It
colleagues to be healthy Registration will open is their responsibility to
autonomous professionals, January. make sure that the event
the following BCTF BCTF workshops take fits the criteria and that
workshops will be offered: place from 9:00 am until 2:00 funds are available for
1) Health, Wellness and pm. Please bring your own disbursement.
lunch and snacks.
LSA COUNCIL MEETING
Local Specialist Associations (LSAs) are an important part of the professional support our
Surrey teachers receive. We have scheduled a LSA council meeting for January 20th, 3:30 -
5:30 pm at the STA office, board room #2. We encourage every LSA to have at least one
representative attend this meeting. Topics include: growing LSAs, funds available, and shared
successes. Please RSVP to Lorna Sheh via firstname.lastname@example.org
CONVENTION IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER !
The Surrey Teachers' year ,we have more attending and At present we have
Association's annual convention feedback continues to be mostly applications for 31 presentations.
has been running for more than 30 positive. We have taken any We need your help in either
years. May 6, 2011, it will be critiques from last year and applying to present or encouraging
hosted at three sites: Lord incorporated them into our vision others to present. Traditionally,
Tweedsmuir will have an for this year. we have over 150 presentations.
Elementary focus, Queen Are you passionate about an Presenters are also eligible for a
Elizabeth will be available for area of your teaching? Have you half-day workshop preparation
specialty workshops (home ec., considered sharing your passion? time. If you know anyone that
labs, tech ed., etc.) and SFU You don’t need to be an expert to should be encouraged to apply,
Surrey will be Secondary focus. share with your colleagues. Have please direct them to
We have three keynotes being you considered presenting at the www.staconvention.ca. If you
shared between SFU Surrey and convention? If you are interested would like to find out more or run
Lord Tweedsmuir. Paul Shaker in sharing with your colleagues, an idea by us, please contact Julia
and Ken Clarkson, in addition to we encourage you to apply. There Poole or Mark Chow on First
Laura Thomas, will be presenting. is still time to sign up and to Class.
The convention is shaping up encourage others to sign up.
to be awesome again. Each
NEW TEACHERS’ Surrey Intermediate Teachers'
CONFERENCES During the past year, a small group of teachers
have been trying to resurrect SITA. The group has
STA New Teachers’ Conference been hosting Diana Cruchley's workshops and
helping with PITA events such as the Year of
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 Professional Support and the Fall Conference.
at Bear Creek Pavillion,
Why join SITA?
13750-88 Avenue, Surrey * Attend quality PD opportunities for free
8:30 am - 2:45 pm * Meet new colleagues and form new relationships
Register online at * Free snacks and door prizes at each meeting
http://www.surreyteachers.org/contact/ Upcoming Professional Developments:
event-registration/ Presenter: Gary Endersby
Location: A. J. McLellan Elementary
BCTF New Teachers’ Conference Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
1. January 12th Comic Life in the Classroom
The STA is providing Special Funding to cover 2. April 20th iPhoto Workshop
the conference fee and a release day for fifteen
beginning teachers to attend. This will be on a first Register for these workshops by emailing Monica
come, first served basis. Contact Lorna Sheh at the Grant on First Class.
STA office to get your name on the list.
For more information or to register for this Want to present a workshop for SITA? Do you
conference visit the BCTF website at: have any ideas for our organization? Please email
http://bctf.ca/NewTeachersConference2011.aspx Monica Grant on First Class.
Need a Professional Development Idea or Resource? Look no further than the PD Icon on First Class where
opportunities are posted, including masters' programs, unit plans, workshops and speakers.
BCPSEA has argued that experience: in a bargaining scenario and
it is too inefficient to have “Our management team to realize just how important
local bargaining and districts had an assignment to make the language that we have in
can't be successful against the changes to the collective our collective agreement is.
BCTF. The point of local agreement. It was amazing Particularly salient was that
bargaining is that local the conversations within my the collective agreement is
bargaining is done by local management team as to how not just a contract, but rather
people not the BCTF. You we could write the language an agreement that both sides
have a bargaining team that is have already agreed to.
working hard in preparation the collective agreement is In our local negotiations,
for local bargaining. not just a contract, but we will need to improve the
BCPSEA has been offering rather an agreement that conditions in our collective
training to school boards, both sides have already agreement. This is our role
although their stance is that agreed to as the Surrey Teachers’
school boards shouldn't be Association bargaining team.
negotiating with local unions. to get what we wanted and Surrey Teachers' Association
Four members of the STA needed. What seemed like believes in improving
bargaining committee very simple language had working and learning
attended the BCTF many interpretations and we conditions for teachers.”
bargaining training at the end looked for holes in the Make sure you attend the
of November. One day of the union’s logic, statements and January 26th, 2011 Surrey
training was a simulation their proposed language Teachers' Association
with five members acting as changes. Often it came down General Meeting. At this
management and eight not to what the words said meeting, the membership will
members acting as a local but rather the intent of the set the local priorities for the
union. language. bargaining team to further
Here is what Kevin I am grateful to have had improve our collective
Amboe had to say about the the experience to be involved agreement.
WHY CAN'T WE GET PAID FOR LEFT OVER SICK LEAVE?
By Kevin Amboe dealing with long term illness, Further, they would be penalized a
In the bargaining survey, there they are able to do so without loss second time by not getting a buy
were requests to consider a buy of pay. The district uses actuarial out upon retirement. This would
out of accumulated sick leave data to predict the cost of be a discriminatory benefit.
when a teacher retires. Those who providing sick leave as insurance. We, as BCTF members, have
have been healthy and working for Sick leave as a benefit has our own Salary Indemnity Plan
15 years or more, may see the higher costs. The district would (SIP) to provide support once
potential to buyout more than 200 need to save money elsewhere to district sick leave has been
sick days as being a tempting afford the buy out. This could be exhausted. Changing the sick
benefit. It may seem disappointing leave approach to a benefit plan
Bargaining for sick leave as a
model could result in teachers
to have over a year of sick leave benefit would put forward that
using up their district sick leave
evaporate when one retires; we are willing to weaken the level
However, these days were never of insurance that we currently
and transferring to the SIP more
something you owned. (It is have
quickly. Those plan costs would
actually more like a term life increase and more of your salary
insurance, you pay into it and can done by having have much stricter would have to be deducted to fund
use it but once you stop paying guidelines on accumulation, that plan.
into it, the insurance disappears.) number of days usable at a time, Any increase to the costs of
Sick leave in Surrey is considered types of uses and maximum sick leave would be included in
insurance and meant to ensure that accruals. Sick leave as a benefit the calculation of a contract
members do not suffer loss of also sets up two crucial negative settlement and may reduce the
income from illness or disability, impacts in the system. amount available for benefits for
not to provide an additional First, teachers, especially as all members, such as: salary,
benefit. they get closer to retirement, may extended health benefits,
The Surrey Teachers’ choose to come to work ill, thus preparation time, paid leaves, and
Association has historically exposing others to their illness. working conditions.
supported sick leave as a form of Secondly, those that have been As a socially just union, our
insurance, available to all unfortunate enough to need to use focus is to provide benefits for all
members when needed. If a their sick days are penalized for of our members, regardless of
teacher has poor health, or is being sick, and may have reduced health.
access through tighter restrictions.
BCPSEA Non-Enrolling Teachers
Collective Agreement Post and Fill
Contract Stripping Preparation Time
Distributed Learning Professional Autonomy
Employment Equity Professional Development
Health and Safety Ratification
Hours of Work Rights
Job Action Salary
Layoff and Recall Seniority
Learning Conditions Strategies
Local Teachers Teaching on Call
Manner and Consequence Working Conditions
CUTS TO SERVICES HAVE HURT THE WHOLE SYSTEM
By Karen Kilbride, LST teacher in be. Workloads have increased There are fewer teachers, more
Surrey, and the rep for non- drastically since the cuts were testing, paperwork, Individualized
enrolling teachers on the STA made. The School Board used Education Plans (IEPs) and
Bargaining Committee. cuts in services to students to Adapted Education Plans (AEPs).
The Surrey School system is It is unreasonable to expect
under stress. Cutbacks in services It is no longer assured that a that all students in your class, who
child will get year long service seem weak, will be tested
for students, such as counselling,
even if a child needs it. immediately. Each school usually
learning support and library
services, have removed essential has a referral and testing process
supports from students and balance the budget; teachers that must be followed. If you have
teachers. Many of our members, cannot be asked to make up the a concern, please speak to the
who previously taught in one or shortfall in services. teacher(s) involved directly.
two schools, now have to travel to In the past, all levels of ESL Please remember that non-
five or six. Class sizes have students were serviced, usually on enrolling teachers are doing their
increased and there are higher a pull-out model. Presently, in best with the time and resources
numbers of special needs students most schools, only beginners are provided and that they need your
in classes. The STA office is given direct service. The ratio in support and understanding. We
hearing from teachers that they the 1990's for students with recognize the plight of regular
cannot cope in the present system learning disabilities (LD) in a classroom teachers, especially
and that their health is suffering. resource room, used to be 1 to 12, with the present class size and
They do not feel that they have the with an SEA. Some students with composition issues that make a
time to help their students, as a learning disability are now given mockery out of inclusive practices
much as they would like to. They only a small amount of support. and present a nightmare for
often feel overwhelmed by the Therefore, we appeal to all regular “differentiation.” We know
expectations of students, classroom teachers to understand everyone is working harder.
colleagues, administration and that only those students who are Please speak out about the
parents. We feel that there is a most needy, and/or who have service cuts and help the STA
need to remind members that IEPs, are given priority in the new advocate for better support for
learning support, counselling, system. It is no longer assured students. More information about
integration teachers and library that a child will get year-long this can be found on the BCTF
services are not what they used to service, even if that child needs it. website.
Be A Delegate to the BCTF AGM—March 19 - 22, 2011
This year, the BCTF AGM will They can be submitted by email
be held in Victoria, with to Lorna Sheh via First Class.
delegates staying at the Fairmont (email@example.com)
Empress Hotel. Accommodation Members may also submit their
is paid for by the BCTF. name at the January 26th general
If you are interested in running meeting, but any statement
for election as a delegate, please received after January 17th will
submit a brief statement of no not be published.
more than 50 words. Statements
must be submitted to the STA
office, no later than January 17th.
BC FED CONVENTION
The 2010 BC Federation of He spoke about the importance of was re-elected to the position of
Labour Convention was held from protecting public health care and Federation President. Both Jim
November 29th to December 3rd. stressed that health care shouldn’t and Irene ran unopposed.
A number of issues were be a cost, as it is a right. Outgoing Secretary-Treasurer
discussed, from combating climate On Tuesday afternoon, Angie Schira, BC Fed Secretary-
change to engagement of young following the Education Treasurer since 1989 and the first
workers, poverty issues to work Committee report, many teachers woman to hold that position,
place safety. The convention were able to speak at the became the first recipient of the
provided an opportunity for the microphones, informing all Joy Langan Award.
BCTF and Surrey Teachers’ delegates about the many issues Throughout the week, delegates
Association to reach out to other facing public school teachers in passed many important
unions and for all groups to share BC. BCTF and STA delegates resolutions. Unfortunately, the
struggles and successes. spoke about the underfunding of resolution on aid to Haiti and
This year, there was also a one- public education, the concerns Pakistan, brought by the Surrey
day Young Workers’ Conference, teachers have around 21st Century Teachers’ Association, did not
held on Sunday, November 28th. Learning, and our Foundation make it to the floor. One
Craig Wrotniak, a teacher at North Skills Assessment campaign. That resolution, which was somewhat
Surrey Secondary, attended as the afternoon, all BCTF delegates contentious, was that the BC Fed
STA young worker delegate. The wore blue t-shirts with the Convention be held every two
other Surrey delegates were “Choose Teach” logo on the back. years, with regional conferences
Monica Hoeflich (KB Woodward), Irene Lanzinger, past BCTF held during the alternating year.
Gurmit Bains (Elgin Park), president, was elected to the This resolution passed by
Pummy Kaur (Hyland), Saroop position of Secretary-Treasurer. majority. The next BC Federation
Nagra (Clayton Heights), Gavin This was a very exciting election, of Labour Convention will be held
Hainsworth (Fleetwood), and as it was the first time, since the in 2012. The Surrey Teachers’
Jennifer Wadge (STA 2nd VP). BCTF joined the BC Fed in 2006, Association will be looking for
Denise Moffatt attended as a that a BCTF member was elected delegates for any regional
member of the BCTF executive. to an officer position. Jim Sinclair conferences held in 2011.
One of the highlights of the
convention was the speech made
by federal NDP leader, Jack
Layton. He spoke about all
Canadians having rights to
essential protections and services,
such as health care, public
education, and safe work
standards. He noted that, instead,
we see the cost of these essential
protections and services being
downloaded to working people.
HAVE YOU GOT SOMETHING EXCITING TO SHARE?
Is there something cool going to write about 200 words print), we’d love
on at your school? Share with us. describing what is happening, we to include photos
We would love to highlight can include the article in The to go along with
successes in our schools. There Advocate. It will only take about the stories.
are so many wonderful things 10 minutes and you can highlight
happening and too often, the success at your school. If you
stories go untold. If you are able have a photo (with permission to
STA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
By Geny Freisen how do I download report cards, much out of it. I am now looking
was not only informative, it was forward to the chance to be a
It was a Friday, school started
fun! I now had someone who mentor to someone myself. Don’t
on Tuesday, and I had just been
could help me figure out many of think about taking part, do it. It
hired to teach. I was excited,
the ins and outs during my first will be one of the best decisions
nervous, overwhelmed and a bit
year teaching and that was a great you will make this year.
scared to be completely honest!
relief! I am sure that having a
Thankfully I was also approached
mentor helped me have such a The Surrey Mentorship
by a staff member and asked if I
successful first year. Today, my program has been running in
wanted to be a part of the Surrey
mentor and I still have a great various forms for the past
relationship where we bounce couple of decades. It is now
I am sure that having a
ideas back and forth and I feel jointly sponsored by the
mentor helped me have such
a successful first year.
inspired each time we meet. Surrey Teachers’ Association
Thinking back to the program and the Surrey School
though, it has to be said that, the District. This year we have
Mentorship Program. I knew little
chance to network and build approximately 80 people
about the program, but the more I
relationships with other new involved in the program. If
learned about the program, the
teachers and their mentors over the you would like to get involved
more I thought that this was
year added to feeling welcomed with next year's program,
something I needed to take part in.
into the Surrey district. This watch for advertizing near the
Meeting and collaborating
program is now something I end of this school year and in
with an expert teacher who could
encourage colleagues to try and the Fall next year.
answer all of my questions, from
take part in because you get so
where the photo copier was, to
SOCIAL GREAT SUCCESS
The TTOC committee hosted a social for all
Surrey teachers at Central City Brewing on
December 1, 2010. There were over 50 teachers
that came to our first social of the year. It was
great to have so many out to share refreshments
and appetizers. Thank you to the TTOC
committee for giving us this great social event.
BILL 33 PROCESS CONTINUES
Bill 33 was imposed in 2006, students + number of students class size and composition
following our illegal nine day with an IEP) for grades 4-12. For “limits” and restricts principals
walkout which received redress purposes, arbitrator from accessing the means to
unprecedented public support. Dorsey created tiers of differing remedy these violations.
One of the major themes of our redress amounts ( Dorsey # 33, 34 To further add insult, Bill 33
job action was class size and -36, 37-39, and 40 or more). arbitrations have tended to
composition. The language in the This might have been seen as consider that certain classes, such
bill, which became part of the good news, in that there would as Communications, can be
School Act includes: now be a consequence when a expected to ‘attract’ students with
a board must ensure that the board breaches the legislated IEPs, so it is not a violation to
size of any class for any of classroom limits. While in some create large classes with a large
grades 4 to 7 in any school in smaller districts this has worked number of IEPs. This is far from
its school district does not well, with teachers being offered our stripped Collective
exceed 30 students UNLESS in remedies at the consultation stage, Agreement language, which
the opinions of the Surrey has had a far different limited English classes to 25 and
superintendent of schools for experience. The rationale, on the shop courses to 24, with lab
the school district and the majority of forms we got back, course enrollment being limited
principal of the school, the was lack of resources/space/ for safety reasons to the number
organization of the class is financial means to do anything the room was designed for. In
appropriate for student about classes that don’t meet the addition, under our stripped
learning, and the principal of limits. language, any class with an IEP
the school has obtained the Indeed, Surrey teachers seem to student would have to be smaller,
consent of the teacher of that have developed the opinion that and special needs students were
class. nothing will be done about their supported by specialist teachers
In terms of class composition classes, which are in violation of with caseload limits.
the bill states that: the guidelines. This is made All the parties involved know
a board must ensure that any obvious to the STA, as hundreds that the processing of Bill 33
class in any school in its school and hundreds of classes over the grievances will most likely cost
district does not have more guidelines this year, yet the STA far more than the sum of all the
than three students with an received less than 20% of the most optimistic remedies that
individual education plan (IEP) completed consultation could possibly, some day, be
UNLESS in the opinion of the forms. Presently, we have less awarded in Surrey. Unfortunately,
superintendent of school for the than 80 grievances going forward redirecting all that money towards
school district and the for this year. We received more classrooms does not seem to be in
principal of the school, the than 80 forms. Unfortunately, we the government’s agenda, as so
organization of the class is can only pursue cases where the far, there seems to be no signs of
appropriate for student teacher disagreed on both the improvements or replacement of
learning, and the principal of district and STA consultation the legislation. Looking forward
the school has consulted with forms. On many forms, teachers to another year of Bill 33 forms?!
the teacher of that class. expressed that even though they
The BCTF continues to oppose didn’t agree with the composition
the legislative stripping of our of their class. However, they BC Green Games
class size and composition either checked off agree, or stated registration extended
contract language and continues that they didn’t want to bother until February 1, 2011.
the effort to put class size and their principal, as they understood Contact
composition language back into that there were no further firstname.lastname@example.org
our collective agreements. resources available. for more information.
In a recent ruling, arbitrator Unfortunately, by not pursuing
Dorsey created the rule of 33. grievances, this allows the district
(Dorsey # = total number of to gradually erode the Bill 33
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Convention Mentorship Dinner speaker LSA Council
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