Coquitlam teachers survey candidates for civic election

Trustees asked about bargaining, class size and composition

The union representing Tri-City public school teachers isn’t endorsing any candidates for school trustee in the upcoming civic election but has posted the results of a survey to help voters make informed decisions, according to the union president.

“Our members really like the fact they can see what someone’s said about education and pick someone whose opinions fits their values,” said Ken Christensen of the Coquitlam Teachers’ Association.

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In total, there are 19 candidates running for school trustee in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, and the survey — available at www.coquitlamteachers.com — asks several questions of importance to teachers, including how candidates feel about the importance of class size and composition in classrooms.

“There’s a lot of teachers here and a lot of people working for the district— it’s a significant voting block,” Christensen said.

He noted that because voter turnout is typically low in municipal and school board elections, individual votes cast for a candidate carry more weight.

“It means your vote matters more than ever.”

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