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Does class size matter?

Five years ago, Tracey Axelsson, a Vancouver mother of two, wouldn’t have imagined that she would one day have a child in private school. But last year the staunch supporter of the public education system came to believe that if she left her daughter, then in Grade 3, in the public system, she wouldn’t have…

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Public school students back in class today

About half a million public school students across B.C. are heading back to school this morning, after teachers approved a contract to end a strike that dates back to before the end of the last school year. In most school districts, Monday will be a short day for student orientation, with a full day of…

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86% of BC teachers vote ‘Yes’ to new 6-year contract

Students across B.C. are heading back to school Monday after teachers voted in favour of accepting a deal reached Tuesday morning. Teachers voted 86 per cent in favour of the six-year deal Thursday, which includes a 7.25-per-cent wage increase, a one-time payment similar to a signing bonus, more jobs for teachers, improvements to benefits, preparation…

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Five reactions to the BC teachers deal

Students Only a few days ago, it seemed as though B.C.’s 41,000 teachers could be legislated back to work, continuing a dysfunctional cycle that has spanned decades. On Tuesday, tweets and posts from students bubbled with optimism after the first details of a tentative deal were made public. After five weeks without classes, students say…

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B.C. teachers’ strike: Tentative deal reached

The B.C. Teachers’ Federation is recommending its members accept the tentative six-year deal which B.C. Premier Christy Clark is calling “historic.” A deal of that length has never been reached with teachers before in the province. “We have … reached an historic six-year agreement with teachers,” Clark said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “This…

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