Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA)

Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA)

April 04, 2006 21:27 ET

Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association: Don't Believe the Spin

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2006) -

There will be 47.6 FTE of direct teaching to students lost with the Vancouver School Board's projected budget

Reduction of current Resource support 37.6 FTE
Reduction of teachers due to projected
decline in enrolment 14.0 FTE
Increase of teachers for early intervention
in literacy 4.0 FTE

Total cut in direct teaching to students 47.6 FTE

- This is not a "good news" budget.

- It will cause a significant upset to Resource programs that are crucial for our students entitled to additional support. This is contrary to the terms of Ready's agreement that we and the government accepted last fall.

- Over the past two years, the board has projected a declining enrolment of 1000 - when the actual decline over the past two years has been less than 200 students. How accurate is their projection of 250 less students for next year?

- The creation of 34.3 FTE permanent teachers-on-call is not a true budget item, as the TOC service would be required anyway.

Mary McDermott, President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA), says: "The students are the last to be considered in this budget."

Contact Information

  • Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association
    Mary McDermott
    (604) 873-8378
    (604) 873-2652 (FAX)