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BC Union Wins Case for Smaller Class Size

Supreme Court of Canada has ordered British Columbia to restore contract provisions that allow teachers to negotiate class size and composition. While BC Premier Christy Clark says the government has set aside Can $100 million in case the teachers won, the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) says it could cost as much as three times that per year to right the wrong. According to one report, currently 48 primary students would make up two classes, while with pre-2002 language (before the dispute) they would have been split among three or four classes. The teachers are currently working under a six-year agreement that ends in 2019, but includes a provision to reopen negotiations depending on the outcome of court cases related to class size and composition.