B.C. NDP leadership candidate Adrian Dix has thrown more red meat to the party's base.
Last week, he talked about reversing corporate tax cuts since 2008.
Today (February 7), he took a shot at the Fraser Institute, which produces school rankings that infuriate B.C. educators and teachers' unions.
"Fantasy hockey pool guidebooks use more rigorous assessment and criteria than the Fraser Institute," Dix declared in a statement.
He claimed that the Foundation Skills Assessment tests, which are the basis for the rankings, have not driven improvements to the public-school system.
Therefore, he added, they need to be "replaced". The FSA tests are administered each year to students in grades 4 and 7 in both public and private schools to evaluate reading comprehension, writing, and numeracy.
"And the likes of the Fraser Institute have capitalized on the B.C. Liberal government’s failure to properly apply the assessment tests," Dix said in his statement. "To draw headlines that will boost its fundraising efforts, this right wing group twists the FSA results to produce a questionable list ranking schools across the province. Bountiful elementary school sharing the top spot in this year’s report—a finding that is at odds with information that has recently been provided in the provincial courts—illustrates the problems with methodology the Institute uses, and with the overall report."
Educators have always been a key component of the NDP's support base. By promising to get rid of the FSA tests, Dix has likely picked up a few more votes in his party's leadership contest.