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Fight between BC teachers and province could heat up again

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The battle between the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and the province has been fairly quiet since the school year started, but it looks like that’s about to change.

The BCTF is expected to come out swinging at a news conference this morning.

“BCTF President Susan Lambert will urge the provincial government to adopt a plan to begin to bring BC’s education funding and services at the very least up to the national average,” the union says in a news release. “In terms of education funding as a percentage of GDP, student-educator ratio and half a dozen other indicators, BC ranks between 8th and 10th among the provinces.”

The findings of the brief will be presented at 9:30 a.m.

The fight between the BC government and the union turned nasty last year after the province introduced legislation to stop teachers from walking off the job. Teachers responded by withdrawing from all extra-curricular activities like coaching.

Since then, Minister of Education George Abbott announced he is not seeking re-election and Don McRae has replaced him.

A new round of bargaining will start in March.