Nov 7/16: The Record Off The Record: Ed Policy&Directions: International Student Program

“There certainly are benefits to having international students in our public schools. The program provides an increase in revenue and the potential for positive cultural exchange. It is obviously a high quality program that has received a great deal of attention and resources.But I would like to dig a little deeper than that. What does the international program in our schools actually look like on the ground?”

BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils / BCCPAC

Resolutions

  • 2016 Resolutions here. You will need to check which ones carried at the AGM, if you can find the AGM minutes.
  • There are 200+ Resolutions  ongoing, achieved or pending. Worth a look. Chose “any” to see all of them, though you can narrow  down by category in the dropdown menu. Here’s an interesting one from 1994 still on the books:

“That students have the opportunity to be taught the most commonly held theories on the origins of our universe and life on our planet, or at least be given a list of resources to explore these on their own; And that students be encouraged to discuss the pros and cons of these theories without being criticized for their opinions, in order to promote critical thinking skills; And that students be taught evolution as theory, not fact. ” Status:  Active.

  • New Executive after Spring 2016   AGM here.
    BCCPAC President John Bird, former Victoria DPAC President.
    Former SD61 Superintendent John Gaiptman hired to newly created BCCPAC position “Executive Director”, June 21/16.
  • BCCPAC’s existence is not mandated as part of the BC  School Act, though a 1998 Resolution attempting to change that is active.
  • BCCPAC website states “We represent a membership of the Parent Advisory Councils (PACs), and District Parent Advisory Councils (DPACs) of the BC school districts.” [Each PAC has one DPAC voting rep, and sadly enough, parent participation in most PACs at a schools is a tiny percentage of the parents in that school.]
  • Interesting background reading:  January 2012 letter from former  BCCPAC President Ann Whiteaker (now SD61 Greater Victoria Trustee) to the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils here.
  • More correspondence on the page here.

BCCPAC History

  • On September 8, 1915, the first official parent organization was launched at the oldest school in the province, Craigflower, then on the outskirts of Victoria.

Constitution and Bylaws

  • BCCPAC members approved changes to the Bylaws at the May 2015 AGM.

Members

  • Members are both DPACS and individual school PACS.[Each PAC has one voting rep.]