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School District 27 Holds Rally

Signs were held high along with the BCTF flag in Williams Lake yesterday afternoon.

Members of School District 27 gathered at Herb Garnder Park to continue their fight in a bitter dispute between the provincial government and the BCTF.

Teacher Andy Rigel says although he agrees students should be in school, many issues are preventing that.

“They (students) need to be back in a class that is well supported and well funded. We just don’t have that. We have among the lowest funded schools in Canada.”

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Many waves were shared along with the honks of vehicles who passed by during the rally.

Teacher Teaching On Call (TTOC) Whitney Elliot-Learie says many individuals, including parents, within the region, have been very supportive.

“They want the best for their kids…They know that we’re struggling.”

As for the backlash on social media about the 3-month strike?

Lake City Secondary School teacher, Ryan Hanley says support remains strong.

“There are as many or more comments on Facebook and Twitter indicating that it’s not just about money but improving classroom conditions for our kids. I see that from parents and non-parents. I see that from just about anybody but MLAs.”

Hanley says that although there is one thing that the BCTF and province agree on; students being back in school,  both sides disagree as to how.

 

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