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Advocate The www.surreyteachers.org 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. forward. 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. the legislation. • 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 email@example.com First Vice President ‐ Chrystal Tagmann RIDE SHARE PROGRAM 1‐firstname.lastname@example.org Interested in sharing a ride to and from Second Vice President ‐ Jennifer Wadge work? Click on https://sd36.ride-share.com/ 2‐email@example.com For directions, screenshots and an FAQ that explain Health & Safety Officer ‐ Lori Wilson the process go to https://online.rideshare.com/ grv‐firstname.lastname@example.org Only employees of the Surrey School District can Grievance Officer ‐ Steve Ranta sign up. Also, when someone signs up using their email@example.com “@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‐firstname.lastname@example.org 36 sub-site. Register online for free Professional Issues Officer ‐ Stephen Anderson and start enjoying greener pro‐email@example.com commutes. General Inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org 2 HOW SURREY STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS GIVE BACK 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 right. 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? 3 DID YOU KNOW YOUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT? PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE F.20 TEACHER PROFESSIONAL RIGHTS F.20.1 TEACHER F.20.2 EVALUATION AND GRADING 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 otherwise. 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 PD Tidbits: 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 email@example.com 4 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' Association 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. 5 BARGAINING TRAINING 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 BARGAINING 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. 11 6 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. WORD SEARCH Bargaining Negotiations BCPSEA Non-Enrolling Teachers Benefits PELRA Collective Agreement Post and Fill Contract Stripping Preparation Time Distributed Learning Professional Autonomy Employment Equity Professional Development grievances Provincial Health and Safety Ratification Hours of Work Rights Job Action Salary Language Scope Layoff and Recall Seniority Learning Conditions Strategies Legislation Strike Local Teachers Teaching on Call Manner and Consequence Working Conditions Members 7 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. http://bctf.ca/IssuesInEducation.aspx?id=5770 http://bctf.ca/IssuesInEducation.aspx?id=14812 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. 8 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 9 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. 10 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 email@example.com 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 11 SURREY TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION - JANUARY 2011 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 School re-open 4:00 3:45 Grievance Committee Mentorship STA office Planning STA office 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 Pro-D Committee Executive Committee Continue the Conversation Economic Welfare STA office STA office TBA Committee STA office 4:00 International Solidarity Committee STA office 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 4:00 3:30 4:00 4:00 Convention Mentorship Dinner speaker LSA Council Committee TBA Compass Point Inn, Surrey STA office STA office 4:00 Anti-Poverty Ad Hoc Committee STA office 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 4:00 4:00 General Meeting BCTF Rep Executive Committee To elect AGM Delegates Assembly STA office Local Bargaining Objective 30 31 REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT Last month we reduced the only 25g per KWh. 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