The British Columbia School Trustees Association may not have been wishing for school board taxing authority. But the British Columbia Teachers' Federation has been. In an article published in the November/December 2005 issue of its Teacher Newsmagazine, the federation stated, "There is no question that school boards have lost important responsibilities. They no longer have taxation authority. Their total budgets are set entirely by the provincial government."
"Their responsibility for collective bargaining was handed over to BCPSEA, and boards seem to have little influence over its decisions, taking orders, rather than giving direction. These situations should be reversed."
So will the Campbell administration find itself on the same side of this issue as the federation?