Trustees’ values should promote better learning

Letter to the editor: Trustees’ values should promote better learning

Re: Bargaining breakdown stalls labour dispute (News, Nov. 30)

In reading the article on the BCPSEA and BCTF talks, I was dismayed by the idea expressed by Peg Orcherton about the newly elected school trustees. She was quoted as saying, “I’d be a little bit concerned … as to whose perspective they’re representing.”

The new trustees referred to are the four that were very openly supported by the GVTA. After going through the election process, shouldn’t the voters expect their elected representatives to put forth the values and perspectives they hold? I thought that was why we had elections.

The comment leads me to wonder whose perspective Peg is representing. It is my hope that all trustees are working hard to represent the values that would promote a strong public education system, which should include best conditions for learning.

This will not be achieved if trustees are not willing to speak up to the government and lobby for a fair bargaining process.

Heather Simonson

Saanich