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BC teacher-librarians 'appalled' by cuts in Vancouver, Coquitlam

British Columbia's teacher-librarians were among the first groups to protest school board budget cuts in Vancouver and Coquitlam.

On the blog of Heather Daly, president of the BCTLA, a new post reported that "The B.C. Teacher-Librarians' Association is appalled at recent proposed budget recommendations made in Vancouver and Coquitlam school districts":

Vancouver Board of Education

•Reduction of 43.0 FTE teachers including resource teachers (ESL and Special Education), learning assistance/skills development teachers, secondary school counsellors and teacher-librarians.

This proposed reduction of learning specialist teachers including teacher-librarians, with a budget impact of $2,911,530, is the largest single proposed cut within the budget recommendations. ...

School District #43 (Coquitlam)

•Reduction of 9.0 FTE non-enrolling teachers including teacher-librarians.

•This proposed reduction, with a budget impact of $810,000, is the largest single proposed cut within the budget recommendations.

A news release from the B.C. Teachers' Federation quotes Daly: "Once upon a time, the provincial government said they wanted BC to be the most literate jurisdiction in North America. But now, government underfunding is forcing school districts to lay off the very people that help children learn to read."

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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