Website asks for parents’ input on teacher strike
A website launched in light of job talk escalation between B.C. teachers and the provincial government is asking for parents’ input.
Lisa Cable who started Parents4BC says she created the website as a place for parents to express their thoughts and concerns about the strike.
The site enables parents to write a letter that will then be submitted to the Premier, Minister of Education and their local MLA.
Cable and other parents will be taking the submitted letters to Victoria on Wednesday.
“Let us take [these stories] to Victoria for you, so than rather than just telling your friends and your neighbours, now we are telling them to people who can actually affect change,” says Cable.
She says letters can be submitted anonymously and do not have to be from parents alone. Anyone in the province can voice their opinion on the site.
Cable hopes the letters will help cut down on the rhetoric surrounding teacher contract negotiations.
“What we are really pushing for here is to get everyone to just take a pause and say these are real families, real parents, real kids and real issues,” she says. “We want you to listen to these issues and stories and to use that going forward to help you make the decisions that you need to make for the upcoming school years.”
Today marks the first day of the rotating strikes announced by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation last week.
Every school district in the province will be affected.
All schools will be open again on Friday, May 30.
The closures are part of a two-stage strike plan voted on by teachers in March.
Before that, the Minister of Education announced the government would be offering a six-year proposal instead of the original 10-year deal.