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Local school boards unhappy with province's $40/day proposal

Talks between the BC Teachers Federation and the government are set to continue this week, after the two sides met Friday for the first time in over a month.

Louise Herle, President of the Sunshine Coast Teachers Association, says they’re hopeful teachers will be able to get back in the classroom soon.

Meanwhile, the Nanaimo Ladysmith School Board is letting the province know they’re not keen on the idea of giving parents $40 a day per student is the teachers strike affects classes in September. The SD68 Board held a special meeting on Thursday and decided it’s impractical. They’re sending the government a letter saying so, something the SD46 Board on the Sunshine Coast did too.

Mike Ball, President of the Nanaimo District Teachers Association, says the provincial government’s proposal makes no sense.

Herle says the SD46 board and many others across the province have also spoken out against the idea.

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Herle says the government needs to work towards a solution, and any savings from the strike should be invested back into the public education system.

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