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Teachers taught all

Re: teachers’ strike.

Here’s some perspective. Add up the costs of the Olympics, B.C. Place roof, Sea-to-Sky Highway, the new bridge to replace the tunnel, LNG plants, lawyers and court costs for B.C. Rail deal, lawyers and court costs to appeal the judges’ decision that ruled in favour of the teachers (twice) to name only a few — that equals billions of dollars.

Meanwhile, the money and willingness by the government of B.C. to hire new teachers and put in place proper classroom support for all students equals zero.

How to fix this? Cancel the carbon tax for schools. Children shouldn’t have to pay for heat/shelter. Isn’t this a basic human right, especially when the money just gets passed to corporations? Cancel funding for private schools — it’s a choice that people are willing to pay for.

Only schools for special treatment/education of children with challenges such as Autism spectrum, hearing/ vision impaired should be funded. All these savings can then fund a proper public education for all students. Doctors, firefighters, politicians — teachers taught them all.

Lynne Donaldson

Parksville

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