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CUPE has joined a BC-wide coalition for public education that includes students, parents and workers from pre-school to post-graduate.

The Coalition for Public Education launched a public awareness and political action campaign this week called ‘Opening Doors for Every Student.’ The campaign is sparked by one simple question: Why can’t B.C.’s young people get all the education they want and need?

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill said more than 100 schools have closed since 2001. With several communities being forced to adopt the four-day school week and others to reduce school days and student services - all against the wishes of parents - our children’s educational opportunities are the bleakest they’ve been in more than a decade.

Meanwhile, spiralling tuition fees and student debts have made post secondary education less accessible in the province than ever before.

For more information visit http://www.opening-doors-bc.ca/ [English only]