May 14, let’s elect a government that will give kids the education they deserve!
As teachers, we have all witnessed the impact of a decade of underfunding and erosion of public education.
Over the years we’ve struggled to teach to individual needs, even though our classes are overcrowded and impossibly complex. We’ve lost 3,500 full-time teaching positions, including 1,500 specialist teachers. Along with parents we’ve fought to save our neighbourhood schools from the chopping block, and fought back tears when we saw almost 200 schools close their doors. We’ve faced attacks on our rights and our professionalism. We’ve been told to do more with less as school boards are forced to slash programs and staffing to balance inadequate budgets.
Now it’s time to send a message to Victoria that this has got to stop.
Just imagine having a government that genuinely cared about kids, one that provided proper support to schools, and actually listened to the voices and concerns of teachers. What an enormous difference it would make in our classrooms and communities!
Please, get out and vote on May 14! The future health of our public education system is at stake.
Advance polling starts Wednesday, May 8, and runs through to Saturday, May 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. For the full list of advance voting places and election day voting places, visit Elections BC.
Please, take five! Encourage everyone you know also to exercise their voting rights. Teachers, students, and our public schools need a change.