Teachers in British Columbia, who have been waging a long battle to defend class size legislation have won an important victory in the Canadian courts.
The Supreme Court has overturned legislation passed by the BC government in 2002, which resulted in the loss of 3500 teaching jobs and a $200 million cut to education budgets. A previous court decision had gone against the teachers, but this latest ruling from the Supreme Court is the final one.
BC Premier Christy Clark has said that the ruling is 'a chance for us to talk about how to invest more money in kids.' Which is ironical considering she was the education minister at the time the overturned legislation became law in 2002.
This victory for the British Columbia Teachers Federation, which comes at the end of a long campaign including a protracted strike, shows the importance of teachers using their collective strength to fight for public education and defend the rights of teachers, communities and children.