School's out for summer in British Columbia, but teachers and parents are fighting on for public education. Teachers in the Canadian province have been striking since June against cuts and detriments to conditions of service - in particular on class size and classroom composition - which are now seeing more and more school districts announce mass layoffs and programme cuts.

The teachers have been battling for years against an administration which refuses to accept against their attempts to dismantle class size and other guarantees. To make matters worse, while the British Columbia Teachers Federation () has been prepared to give ground on their fully justified demands for a reasonable pay rise, the state government remains obdurate. Many parents and students have demonstrated their support for the teachers' stand, by joining picket lines, attending rallies and lobbying politicians.

The government's latest move was to promise $40 a day to parents with children under 13 affected by the strike, to cover the costs of child care. The money would come from the daily savings in striking teachers' salaries. Parents' reaction to the scheme on social media was largely negative. As one parent put it: "Bribing parents to look the other way so that the gov't can destroy public education? Who would do that to their own kids? After public education is destroyed, private school is going to cost a lot more than $40." BCTF President, Jim Iker said,"This scheme will not help improve class sizes, increase support for children with special needs, or provide more one-on-one time for all students. It is my hope that the government will redirect its energies into reaching an agreement with B.C. teachers through mediation this summer."

Meanwhile the campaigning goes on with leafleting every week in Vancouver and pickets, town hall meetings and events all over the province.