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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Elected as a Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for the Constituency of Saanich South on May 12, 2009. New Democratic Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. Raised on Quadra Island and has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia. Extensive track record as a community leader, advocate and environmental activist.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

When will they learn?

The BC Liberal government promised to reduce class sizes and improve support for students with special needs but they never provided the funding to get the job done. Instead, they downloaded additional costs onto local boards. As a result, 177 schools closed.

Last year, there were thousands of classes across the province that exceeded the government's own legislated requirements. There were more than 10,000 overcrowded classes that violated standards for students with special needs.

The mantra from the education minister of "highest ever" funding does not stand up to scrutiny. Data on inflation versus funding tells a different story. Compared to other provinces, BC is way behind. The numbers tell the story.

Improving the lives and education of children must be a priority. Read more in the BCTF Education Funding Brief.

When will the provincial government learn?

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