Parent at the mic: ” I am here to say the VCPAC and the BCCPAC do not speak for me.
I refuse to accept an oversimplified notion, contained in the CSF, that somehow the teachers struggle to bring about better classroom supports for the 90,000 BC public school children with special needs designations constitutes a form of discrimination. It is another slap in the face of teachers and as a parent, I am appalled at this divisive tactic that could only work to drive a wedge between parents who BCCPAC and VCPAC, claim without our consent, to represent and our teachers who have been at the forefront of the struggle to defend public education for thirteen years and longer.” Continue reading →
The Report of the SD61 Committee on Public Engagement is posted on the SD61 website. It’s not all that prominent, under the Board of Education category, in “subcommittees” in the drop-down menu. Have a look at the potential restrictions on asking a question at a Board meeting if you’re a member of the public, and the potential restrictions on public recording of public meetings. Continue reading →
Following the budget vote is a vote on the official Budget Bylaw so the budget can be sent to the Ministry of Education. I voted against all three Bylaw readings in one meeting, which needs unanimous agreement, so the final vote went to an email “poll vote”. I voted no in that final vote. I do not agree with closing a school this year, or with the cuts required since 2001 (which included closing many other schools). The cuts are direct results of underfunding and offloading of costs to School Districts by the Province. Continue reading →