Lined Paper

Unofficial meeting records and more from SD61 Greater Victoria

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” 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 […]

Christine Payne presented this speech to the Board of Education SD61 at the January 28 Board  meeting. I have been told that this program “is closed”. Interesting, as the Board has heard from parents whose children are currently attending.  I am here this evening as my youngest child is enrolled in the low incidence program […]

This morning the BCSTA updated Trustees on the funding model working groups. Were you / your organization asked to approve a representative to speak for you?  Will that happen? Soon? On December 19 the Ministry of Education released an update regarding the Funding Model Review, full text here. As the next phase of renewing the […]

There is concern being expressed about changes being made that impact current students and their ability to reach their goals. While we appreciate the effort of The Board of Education and District staff to include a consultation process in many things it appears that some changes with less students affected do not seem to getting the same level of consultation or community input.