Archive for December, 2014

December 23, 2014

Lettre à «mon patron» Yves Bolduc: un enseignant se vide le cœur

By Pierre-Olivier Fortin | Published Dec 22, 2014 by Le Journal de Montréal

Excerpt:

«Hypocrisie»

Il ne conçoit pas qu’un ministre de l’Éducation puisse commander de telles coupes. «À combien se négocie votre hypocrisie, au fond de votre conscience muette?»

M. Bernière craint que le temps ne finisse par faire oublier ces réformes lancées coup sur coup ces dernières semaines. «Ceux qui essaieront de dénoncer votre incompétence auront trop de difficulté à suivre le rythme, tandis que les autres s’en lasseront», écrit-il.

«Méprisable marionnette»

Mais lui, promet ne pas oublier. «Vous resterez à mes yeux, […] aussi longtemps que je […] m’évertuerai à façonner tête par tête un monde meilleur, la méprisable marionnette de M. le premier ministre [Philippe] Couillard, lui-même le disciple servile d’une idéologie élitiste et mercantile.»

Read more: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2014/12/22/lettre-a-mon-patron-yves-bolduc–un-enseignant-se-vide-le-cur

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December 16, 2014

Quebec unions call government wage offer ‘insulting’

By Phillipe Authier | Published Dec 15, 2014 by the Montreal Gazette

A showdown is looming between Quebec’s common front and the government as a result of Quebec’s plans to freeze their wages for two years and discourage retirement because it costs the treasury a bundle.

“It’s as if the government is lonely for the sound of banging pots,” said Lucie Chabot spokesperson for the Secrétariat intersyndical des services publics in threatening to send workers into the streets to make sure cabinet ministers have a “warm winter” in their ridings.

“What we have here are five pages of contempt,” added Sylvain Mallette, president of the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement. “Quebec is saying to its employees, you are not worth the rate of inflation.

“This is a government that does not like its employees,” said Régine Laurent, president of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec, representing 65,000 nurses and health care workers.

“This is a government that wants to drive its employees out of the public sector.”

Read more: http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/government-presents-wage-offer-to-public-sector

December 14, 2014

Vers une hausse du ratio maître-élèves?

By Denis Lessard | Published Dec 13, 2014 by La Presse

(QUÉBEC) Augmentation du ratio maître-élèves, réduction du nombre de congés de maladie; le gouvernement Couillard s’apprête à déposer une série de propositions normatives qui seront dures à avaler pour les 550 000 salariés du secteur public.

Des demandes musclées qui s’ajoutent à des propositions salariales exigeantes: deux années de gel salarial et des augmentations à doses homéopathiques étalées sur une convention de cinq ans.

Ces propositions seront faites, au cours de la semaine prochaine, aux tables sectorielles qui entreprennent la négociation de la prochaine convention collective – celle en cours se termine le 31 mars. Lundi matin, le président du Conseil du trésor, Martin Coiteux rencontrera la table centrale, réunissant les présidents de la CSN, de la FTQ, le SIPS, le secrétariat intersyndical des services publics, pour leur transmettre les offres salariales.

Plus d’élèves par classe

Selon les informations obtenues par La Presse, en dépit des engagements de Philippe Couillard à ne pas sabrer les services à la population, Québec demandera qu’on augmente le ratio maître-élèves au second cycle du primaire et au secondaire.

Read more: http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/education/201412/12/01-4827895-vers-une-hausse-du-ratio-maitre-eleves.php

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December 8, 2014

Conference: How School Board Elections are connected to Corrupt Quebec Politics

By Celebrity journalist, broadcaster & public commentator: Anne Lagacé Dowson

Citizens in Action is honoured to host Anne Lagacé Dowson, journalist broadcaster and public commentator, as guest speaker for our December conference. Anne can be heard every day on CJAD 800 on the Gang of Four with Tommy Schnurmacher. In 2008, she ran for the NDP in the Westmount/St. Louis riding and more recently, as chair for the English Montreal School Board. She has the inside story of how Quebec Politics manages to permeate every aspect of our lives, even our children’s education

Organized by Citizens in Action
Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2014.
Place: Concordia University, School of Community & Public Affairs, (basement

December 3, 2014

Racism and the Charter School Movement: Unveiling the Myths

By Antonia Darder | Published Nov 30, 2014 by Truthout

Rather than an oppressive and manipulative engine for capitalist accumulation, schools should function as centers of creativity and imagination where an ethos of democratic life is grounded upon cultural inclusiveness, social justice and economic democracy.

For almost three decades now, the charter school movement has sought to create the illusion that it is a better alternative to public education. Steeped in a narrow language of choice and student success, charter schools have also begun to quickly populate the terrain of educational justice, despite the conservative roots from which this movement sprang. Despite what was once a central commitment to public schooling in the United States, radical education advocates cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the struggles against racism that exist and persist within charter school environments, despite the rhetoric of equality and justice. This is particularly necessary because many of the most vulnerable students, with the greatest needs, have generally remained within now even more poorly funded and resourced public schools, while more and more public dollars, under private control, are redirected to serve the privileged few.

Common Myths

Given the growing number of teachers of color and children of color whose lives are directly affected by the consolidation of public-private resources, educators committed to a critical ethics of social justice in education must contend with the myths associated with the racialization process at work within charter schools today. One way to better understand this phenomenon is to consider the many myths at work in the charter school movement.

Read more: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/27689-racism-and-the-charter-school-movement-unveiling-the-myths