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?
As school boards make cuts to implement this budget, parents’ anger will return.
Many parents might drift through the budget announcement hearing little the high-level ‘analysis’ of a ‘balanced budget’ from the media. Day-to-day, they’re just trying to make a living and do their best for their families. Most have other more immediate concerns.
This will change. Continue reading BC Budget 2015: So, whose kids go under the bus first?
Parents and concerned citizens please join us to show support for our teachers.
Time: Tuesday, September 2 – noon.
Location: Rotary Park, Cranbrook. Then walking to MLA Bill Bennet’s office and on from there. Continue reading Cranbrook (& area) Rally in Support of BC Teachers
Because it’s up to us now.
And by “us” I mean the parents, present and future, that are so deeply invested in keeping public education viable. By “us” I mean the kids that are in the system now, that deserve to be taught in fair conditions, by people that are being paid a fair wage. By “us” I mean the general population that will also suffer from a hamstrung education system.
The government wants to see what we will put up with. Let’s let them know we’ve had enough.
Time: Tuesday, September 2 – 12 noon.
Location: Meet at the old Extra Foods parking lot across from the Civic Theatre. March will head down Baker St. to City Hall. Continue reading Nelson: Parents Etc. for Public Education March