March to Mourn BCED

Coquitlam: Parents, teachers organized a rally in protest against the cuts to public schools at Como Lake and Thermal in Coquitlam. Protestors wore all black and the laid off teachers created a bib posting they are laid off.

Coquitlam Teachers’ Association president Charley King says while 632 teachers were issued layoff notices, he expects at least 90 people will not be hired back in September as the district cuts 90 positions.

“If you look at our community it’s growing, there is no issue of declining enrolment here; the student to educator ratio has been increased at least three times in the last decade, which means that there are more students per teacher. This is not an issue of declining enrolment; this is an issue of declining support from the provincial government for public education.”