Excellence in Public Education News April 2019

Golden Star Awards 2019

The committee asks presidents of branches to please remind current active teachers (in their locals) that the deadline for applications for Golden Star Awards is April 15th.

Download the BCRTA Golden Star Awards application from the BCRTA website.

Golden Star Awards celebrate programs that promote the interaction of seniors and students.

Private School Funding

The Excellence in Public Education Committee was successful in recommending to the Board the following motion:

THAT Education Sector Policy 2.4.1 be modified by adding a part (b): THAT BCRTA believes that the government public funding of private schools must be eliminated.

Child Labour in BC

The Excellence in Public Education Committee was successful in lobbying the Board to support the sending of a letter to be sent to Honourable Harry Bains, Minister of Labour by President Gerry Tiede. First Call (BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition) had requested BCRTA support in the form of this letter to Minister Bains. The letter is in support of the recommendations by First Call to modernize legislation and regulations to meet Canada’s ILO (International Labour Organization) commitments. First Call has been calling for changes to better protect children and youth from work-related exploitation and injury. BC continues to have the lowest child employment standards in North America. The letter can be obtained from the BCRTA office.

Stefan Cieslik
Chair, Excellence in Public Education