The Chilliwack Teachers' Association (CTA) won't officially endorse candidates for the May 14 provincial election, but it will grill local election hopefuls at a teacher-hosted all-candidates meeting May 2.
For the second year in a row, efforts to carve out a two-week spring break for the Chilliwack school district have failed because negotiations between district officials and local teachers and CUPE employees ran out of time.
Parents lobbying for an early French immersion (EFI) program in the Chilliwack school district were undaunted by a 38-page, 13,000-word feasibility study that outlined all of the challenges implementing such a program would create.
The Chilliwack school board heard from secularists, evangelical Christians, Gideons, Muslims and one high school student at a packed, standing-room-only board meeting Tuesday before voting to delete a regulation that endorsed the distribution of free Bibles at local public schools.
As the president of the Chilliwack Teachers' Association, I have been watching the discussion of the Gideon Bible controversy very closely. I haven't spoken publicly because I do not want to make a public representation of teachers as a whole that might contradict with any member's personal stance. I will, however, make a statement about something that I am sure all teachers agree with. I have been disappointed to see some of the letters to the editor that have been printed.
In just one week, parents all over Chilliwack will be hustling their kids off to the first day of school.
Local teachers will have a new president at the helm when they launch into collective bargaining again next March.