Teachers pan more money for large classes idea
Paying teachers more for larger classes isn't sitting well with the BC Teachers Federation but School District 43 teachers aren't likely to face the dilemma of accepting cash for more kids because classes are usually kept to the recommended maximum.
"Our district has said they are going to go with the size of 30, except band and choir," explained Coquitlam Teachers Association president Teresa Grandinetti in a recent interview with The Tri-City News. "They put money into it, I don't anticipate that they will be going over but we will be monitoring it."
While two of the BCTF's key decision-making bodies have voted to reject the idea, teachers aren't likely to get an offer of $2,500 per year per student over 30 in Grades 4-7 and an extra $312 per student over 30 in some secondary school courses locally.
That's because for the last several years, SD43 has committed $2 million of its budget to help with class size and composition.
"That kind cash for kids idea is out there," Grandinetti acknowledged, adding. "It really doesn't do much for kids."