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Court of Appeal sides with gov’t against BCTF

Premier Christy Clark, and Education Minister Peter Fassbender say Thursday’s BC Court of Appeal ruling on class size and composition can be a new start in the government’s relationship with the BCTF.

But the union says they’re going to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada, after the 4-1 decision that the government did not violate the Charter with legislation that took class size and composition OUT of collective bargaining.

Fassbender says it’s time to end the long-running fight.

Teachers’ association presidents in our area say they’re a bit surprised, and very disappointed in the ruling.

Mike Ball is the president of the local representing teachers in the Nanaimo Ladysmith District.  He says the dissenting opinion is strong cause for a Supreme Court challenge.

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Cowichan Valley Teachers Association president

Naomi Nillson says she’s concerned about the future of public education in the province.

The BCTF has 60 days to file its challenge with the Supreme Court. However, there’s not guarantee the high court will agree to hear it.

You can find the full judgement here.

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