June 23, 2014 3:37 pm

Teachers protest outside private BC Liberals fundraiser

About 13 teachers are gathering today outside the Golden Eagle Golf Course in Pitt Meadows, where a private BC Liberals fundraiser is being held.

It is a private event, but the teachers were outside making sure they got their message across, about the importance of class size and composition.

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“I’m fighting for the public education for all of our kids in British Columbia,” said one teacher. “They are not getting what they need. There’s a lot of research out there that says class size does matter and we need to be listened to because we’re in the classrooms.”

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The teachers taking part in the rally today say they did an informal poll of some of their members to get a better idea of class composition. One of the classes is described as Grade 2, with 23 students, all ESL, with no support workers. Four of the students have been identified as “needing testing”, one student has issues that causes them to try and choke other students, 12 can’t read at the grade level, one student cannot print and no in-class support.

The teachers say that is just one example they are hoping to put forward to the Liberals at this fundraiser.

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