BC teacher-librarians stunned by proposed cuts
Teacher-librarians across the province are stunned by proposed cuts to
teacher-librarian staffing in recent budget recommendations by Vancouver and
Coquitlam, said Heather Daly, president of the BC Teacher-Librarians’
“Once upon a time, the provincial government said they wanted BC to be the
most literate jurisdiction in North America,” said Daly. “But now,
government underfunding is forcing school districts to lay off the very
people that help children learn to read.
“Teacher-librarians don’t just teach students to read, we teach them to love
reading. Teacher-librarians teach research skills and Internet literacy.
Without teacher-librarians, schools and students will lose a valuable
resource that will only negatively impact their learning.”
In Vancouver, the board of education has proposed:
– 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.
– Elimination of the 1.0 FTE teacher-librarian consultant position with
the subsequent addition of a 0.4 FTE teacher-librarian mentor.
– Elimination of 0.4 additional teacher-librarian time at Britannia
Elementary, with 0.2 eliminated in 2010–11 and the remaining 0.2 eliminated
In Coquitlam, the board of education has proposed:
– Reduction of 9.0 FTE non-enrolling teachers including
– This proposed reduction, with a budget impact of $810,000, is the
largest, single proposed cut within the budget recommendations.
“The BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association is calling on all boards of
education to preserve school library services for students and reject
recommendations that will hurt literacy in BC,” said Daly. “Schools need a
library that is open all day and staffed with a teacher-librarian to ensure
students have the best access to books and research possible.”
For more information, go to the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association website
at http://www.bctf.ca/BCTLA or contact Heather Daly at 604-937-6380.