Education Minister Puts Price Tag on BCTF Court Victory
Prince George, B.C. – $330 million.
That’s how much money the provincial government will be pouring into B.C.’s public education system because of the BCTF’s Supreme Court victory in November regarding class size and composition.
That $330 million includes the $180 million announced earlier this month when the Province and the BCTF reached a memorandum of agreement plus an extra $150 million on top of that.
Education Minister Mike Bernier confirmed the numbers during a late afternoon teleconference today.
“To put it into perspective it works out to approximately 2,600 new teachers in B.C.,” he said, adding it would return staffing to 2002 levels.
Bernier also noted the $2 million the government announced two weeks ago for teacher recruitment will help ensure those vacancies are filled.
He also said $30 million has been set aside to cover overhead costs school districts may incur during the transition to a larger workforce. Those overhead costs may include things like sick days, more school supplies and extra janitorial costs.
Bernier also noted the Province has set aside more money to cover off any extra capital costs school districts may have.
He added the funding means “every district will be better off” though he cautioned the amount of money each district receives will depend on its size and the number of students it has.