October 12, 2016
- Parent groups speak out on funding for private schools
- Advocacy works in Richmond, school closure process cancelled!
- Thank you for all you do
- Application deadline approaching for several BCTF committees
Parent groups speak out on funding for private schools
Last week, the government announced $1 million in new funding for students with special needs at 15 specialized private schools in the Lower Mainland and the Greater Victoria area. The money will provide up to 500 children with $2,000 additional funding on top of the per-student grant for which their special need makes them eligible. The announcement has been strongly criticized by the BCTF, parent groups, and Inclusion BC as unfair, elitist, and a step back from inclusion. This funding scheme only serves to promote a harmful two-tiered and exclusive vision for education in British Columbia. There is no way Canadians would accept this kind of scheme in our healthcare system, and we shouldn't accept it in education.
Read and share on social media Inclusion BC's response, Parent Group Action for Equitable Access to Education's response, and a comprehensive article from The Province.
Advocacy works in Richmond, school closure process cancelled!
After weeks of public advocacy from parents, students, and teachers, trustees in Richmond voted on October 11, 2016 to cancel the district's school closures process. This is another big victory for public advocacy. In making the decision, school trustees gave all of the credit to the community for speaking out and urged them to keep the government's feet to the fire in the lead up to the provincial election. Read the Vancouver Sun's article and share it on social media.
Thank you for all you do
The BCTF has many successful programs and initiatives that are powered by many volunteers within the membership. Their work, engagement, and time benefits all members in many different ways. Whether it is serving on an advisory committee that meets on weekends, preparing for some meetings, attending zone meetings, attending governance body meetings like the Representative Assemblies, or running Provincial Specialist Associations and organizing their upcoming conferences, volunteers achieve a lot for our union. Thank you!
Application deadline approaching for several BCTF committees
The deadline to apply to sit on several different BCTF committees is quickly approaching on Friday, October 14, 2016. Details and application information for the G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award Trustees, Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee, Income Security Committee, and the BCTF/BCPSEA Joint Committee on LOU No. 10 are all online. In addition, the deadline to apply for the Ministry of Education's Review of Board/Authority Authorized Courses is this Thursday, October 13, 2016. The posting and application form are also online.