Good to hear from teachers

I am the parent of a child who attends public school in Burnaby and I want to thank you for giving B.C. teachers fair coverage in your Friday, June 13 edition of the NewsLeader.

I commend you for giving teachers’ voices front-page attention and for portraying them as advocates for the public school system, which is the important role they are playing in the current dispute.

It is unfortunate that mainstream media coverage in B.C. has tended to give the general public the impression that this dispute is mainly about salaries, while the issues of class size, class composition and the general underfunding of public education have not been given due emphasis.

Recently, Burnaby faced the possible erosion of its music programs (which has already taken place in Vancouver) as a direct result of the BC Liberal government’s underfunding of public education.

Premier Christy Clark sends her child to private school and pretends she cares about public education while her government continues to starve the public school system.

This is a grave problem that the news media in B.C. need to cover with integrity and a responsibility to inform the public about what these issues mean for the future of British Columbians.

Linda Lee


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