BCTF should look to fresh start

I hope the BCTF and their president, Susan Lambert, can learn to get along better with Don McRae ...

I hope the BCTF and their president, Susan Lambert, can learn to get along better with Don McRae, the new minister of education, than they did with previous ministers.

I for one am getting very tired of hearing Ms. Lambert claiming that education funding in B.C. has been cut when it has not been.

Over the past decade, education funding in B.C. has been increased by $1.4 billion. That’s a 26 per cent increase. This is particularly noteworthy when you consider that there are now 63,000 fewer students in B.C.’s education system than there were a decade ago.

On top of the increased education operating funding (i.e., to pay teachers and staff), the province has also spent another $2.1 billion to build 93 new or replacement schools, to acquire 22 new school sites, to renovate 27 schools, and to add on to another 150 schools.

How, in good conscience, can a professional body like the BCTF characterize a significant increase in education funding, along with significant investments in new schools, as a decrease in education funding and somehow claim it to be a cut?

The BCTF should take this opportunity to start fresh with a new education minister and work on building a better relationship.

Monika Bonney