Parents! Show your FACE and speak up for public education in BC.

FACE: Families Against Cuts to Education

We invite parents and citizens all over the province to show their FACE on April 12th by holding rallies in their communities to protest provincial cuts to public education. We are hoping that our family-friendly rally in Vancouver will spark a province-wide day of action in support of our public education system. Continue reading Parents! Show your FACE and speak up for public education in BC.

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What’s getting cut from your School District’s budget? And your kid’s classroom?

Updated: July 8

The provincial budget delivered a double-whammy to School Districts across BC this year.

The budget fails to provide school districts with the funds to pay for increases to such as the provincially-controlled MSP and BC Hydro rates, as well as to absorb the costs of inflation. Many of the boards had already begun their budget development processes for the 2015/16 school year and likely anticipated this budgetary pressure.

What they didn’t anticipate that boards must now find an additional $29 million in ‘administrative savings’ in 2015/16. Then there’s the another $25 million to be cut in 2016/17, and another cut in 2017/18.

So cuts are coming to your school district. Boards are clear too, these cuts will have impacts on your child, their classmates, classroom services and your local school.

What to do about it? Continue reading What’s getting cut from your School District’s budget? And your kid’s classroom?

Speak up for BC public education funding. MLA offers a how-to workshop.

It’s time for parents to speak up for our kids’ public education and it’s funding.

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen parents speaking out online about a lack of textbooks, overcrowded and under-maintained schools. We’ve heard about unsafe and out-of-date shop classes. We’ve heard about special needs kids going without assessment and without services. We’ve heard of libraries without librarians or the funds to replace or buy new books. The list just goes on…

Government needs to know hear these things directly and on the record — not just through their monitoring of social media. We urge you to present your views to our MLAs and your government through the BC Legislature’s 2015 Budget Consultations.

It’s OK to admit that you’re nervous. And it’s OK to ask for help presenting your arguments. Preparing your ideas and turning them into a letter, video or presentation can seem daunting. There is help!

Sue Hammell, the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers has stepped up to offer assistance. On October 14, she is offering a workshop for parents on presenting to the Select Standing Committee on Finance.

Speak Up for Public Education: present to the finance committee
Date and time:
Tuesday, September 14 at 6pm
Location: 100 – 9030 King George Boulevard, Surrey
To register: email sue.hammell.mla@leg.bc.ca or call 604.590.5868

Guest speakers:
Charlene Dobie, Surrey School Board Trustee
Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake and Education Critic
Helesia Luke, Researcher Continue reading Speak up for BC public education funding. MLA offers a how-to workshop.

MLA Playdate at Peter Fassbender’s office

MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood; Minister of Education

Date and Time: Monday, Sept 15 & Tuesday, Sept 16 – 9:00am

Location: 301 A – 15930 Fraser Highway, Surrey, BC

Additional information:
Bringing workbooks and stories for the kids.

Located in a shopping mall, so there is lots of parking. As the mall is private property sidewalk chalking is probably a bad idea.

MLA Playdate with Mike De Jong

MLA for Abbotsford West; Minister of Finance

Date and Time: Wednesday, Sept.17 – 10am-1pm.

Location: 103-32660 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford Continue reading MLA Playdate with Mike De Jong

An invitation to a MLA Playdate from Sue Hammell

MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers

MLA Sue Hammell has issued an invitation to her own MLA Playdate. She is inviting parents and their children to join her this Friday at her office.

Date and Time: Friday, Sept 12 – 9am to 2pm

Location: 100-9030 King George Blvd, Surrey

MLA Playdate at Peter Fassbender’s office

MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood; Minister of Education

Date and Time: Tuesday, Sept 9 -11:30am

Location: 301 A – 15930 Fraser Highway, Surrey, BC

Additional information:
Bringing workbooks and stories for the kids.

Located in a shopping mall, so there is lots of parking. As the mall is private property sidewalk chalking is probably a bad idea.