Be careful what you wish for. Ministry working groups have Ministry-appointed Chairs, and soon will or now have members. No info on who the members are. Yet. Boards have until the end of March to get responses to this round of consultation in to the Ministry. Given that the SD61 Board meeting  is on March […]

Some recent motion history, if you’re getting confused. I am: Jan28/19 Board Meeting  (Trustees Duncan, Ferris, Hentze, Leonard, McNally, Painter, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  (Leonard absent; regrets) H.1 b McNally [emergent, so right to the Board agenda; no previous committee motion or discussion at a Committtee]: That the Board direct the Superintendent to provide a report […]

” Lastly, we are troubled that the Independent Funding Model Review Panel would suggest that providing special education designations is a practice that “may be discriminatory” (page 15). This is a problematic thing to suggest. Some students with special needs, and people with disabilities in general, do face discrimination. But the designation is not the discrimination—it would be denial of a service, or some sort of adverse impact, as per the test for discrimination under the BC Human Rights Code. “

SD61 Greater Victoria School District includes students in Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, parts of Saanich and the Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. SD61 Board of Education: Duncan (2018), Leonard (1996), Ferris (1999),  Hentze (2018), McNally (2011), Painter (2018), Paynter (2014),  Watters (2014), Whiteaker (2014) Lined Paper is  my personal record […]

Marcus Pollard’s presentation below (with his permission) to Trustees who attended the Education Policy and Directions Standing Committee of the Board Monday February 4. The meeting was well attended by parents. A bit of background on votes and committees. There are two standing committees  that provide input to the Board. Open discussion  takes place at […]