Teachers’ Charter rights T-shirts deemed too ‘political’ for Prince Rupert classrooms

Superintendent rules fundamental rights enshrined in Charter create improper attire

By Mike Hager | Published January 28, 2013 by The Vancouver Sun

After Yertle the Turtle’s battle cry for equality was infamously deemed too political for the classroom last year, the Prince Rupert school district has now banned several teachers from wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Charter.

Three teachers were told to remove or cover black shirts Monday amid a provincewide “dark day for education” organized by British Columbia’s teachers’ union to mark the 11th anniversary of Bills 27 and 28, which stripped their rights to bargain class size and composition.

“It’s unfair,” said Joanna Larson, president of the Prince Rupert District Teachers’ Union. “They’re stripping teachers from their rights in engaging students — it just seems to be a very top-down directive that doesn’t seem to serve any real purpose.

“There is nothing that kids need to be sheltered from with this shirt.”

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Teachers+Charter+rights+shirts+deemed+political+Prince+Rupert+classrooms/7885109/story.html#ixzz2JMkuXbRc

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