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February 20, 2019

New BC budget boosts education funding and other social programs


The provincial government's 2019-20 budget was released on February 19, 2019, and includes $550 million in new education spending over the next three years. The funding increase for the upcoming year is $182 million. In a news release the BCTF welcomed that new funding, but cautioned it could fall short of the amount needed to fund important improvements. The budget also included record spending for new schools and seismic upgrades and ongoing funding to keep adult basic education and English language learning accessible. The government also announced new initiatives like the elimination of interest on student loans, increased funding for childcare, and an expansion of the child tax benefit.

Beyond education, the new provincial budget offers a number of welcome investments in our province and continues to address years of inadequate social spending in areas that matter to British Columbians--particularly poverty reduction and climate action. However, some opportunities to go further have been left on the table. Check out this budget-day analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC for the highlights: Nine things to know about BC Budget 2019

Read the March Teacher magazine for info on bargaining, education funding, and the AGM


March Teacher coverThe March edition of Teacher magazine is on its way, but you can read it online today. In this edition there are important articles on the government's negotiating mandate, the education funding model review, and the agenda for the upcoming BCTF Annual General Meeting. You'll also find statements from the candidates running for the BCTF Executive Committee







Registration is open for the BCTF new teachers’ conferences


NTC imageThe BCTF is hosting two regional new teachers' conferences in 2019 and registration is open. The conferences are in Vernon on April 5, 2019, and in Nanaimo on May 10, 2019. The programs include keynote speakers, panels on Aboriginal education, and more than 30 workshops covering a wide variety of educational topics. Both events will have a welcoming reception on the night before as well as a resource fair. Sign up now to save your spot in these excellent professional development and networking events. 

Petition for pension security


The Canadian Association of Retired Teachers has created a petition to encourage the federal government to increase the security of retirement income. This petition asks government to affirm the principle that pension promises cannot be broken for any service that has already been earned. It also asks government to protect the pensions of retirees by providing an insurance plan, paid for by pension plans, that would guarantee the benefits of retirees if their plan closes. It's easy to participate: visit and add your voice to this important call to action. 

Opportunities for Members: Great Bear Rainforest educational website


The BC Teachers' Federation is seeking six Grade 7-9 science and/or social studies teachers to participate as BCTF representatives to a Ministry of Education committee, tasked with teacher orientation and activity plan field testing for the Great Bear Rainforest educational website. Those members selected for this committee will attend two workshops and implement an activity plan unit pilot with their students. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Learn more and apply online

BC Multiculturalism and Antiracism Awards


On March 21, International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Government of BC will recognize the outstanding contributions of British Columbians in promoting multiculturalism and antiracism. The initiative is especially interested in receiving nominations about youth, aged 15-30. The youth category will include a $5,000 award to a non-profit organization of the recipient's choosing. BCTF members are encouraged to nominate youth whose exceptional work in their communities promotes inclusion and reduces barriers. The deadline, February 22, 2019, is coming up fast. Submit your nomination online


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