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?

BC Budget 2015: So, whose kids go under the bus first?

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?

North Vancouver parents, students “Join Jane” to express frustrations to their MLA

From North Vancouver Parents Supporting Teachers (Facebook page) – posted Sept 11

“Many people joined Jane today — we even filled the stairs and the surrounding area. Parents, students, and teachers all expressed frustration about the funding in our public education system and strike negotiations.”

“Join Jane” is a regular meet and greet held by Jane Thornthwaite, the MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour, at the North Vancouver District Public Library. Continue reading North Vancouver parents, students “Join Jane” to express frustrations to their MLA

North Vancouver Parents’ rally in Lynn Valley

Date and Time: Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 9:00am.

Location: At the intersection of Lynn Valley Road & Mountain Highway.

Additional Information: Bring signs!

MLA Playdate at Naomi Yamamoto’s office. Wed, Sept 3.

MLA for North Vancouver – Lonsdale

It’s time for our children to be back in school getting a quality public education. The negotiations are going nowhere. Its time for B.C. parents to get involved!

Bring your kids and concerns; bring books, games and sidewalk chalk. Talk to the MLA. Talk to their staff. Talk to other parents.

Date and Time: Wednesday, Sept 3 – 10am

Location: 5 – 221 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Continue reading MLA Playdate at Naomi Yamamoto’s office. Wed, Sept 3.

MLA Playdate at Jane Thornthwaite’s Constituency Office

MLA for North Vancouver – Seymour

Parents, students, and children will meet near our MLA Jane Thornthwaite’s office in the square. We want our children in a properly funded education system and we expect our government to negotiate in good faith with teachers.

Location: 217 – 1233 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Time: Tuesday, September 2 – 3pm. Continue reading MLA Playdate at Jane Thornthwaite’s Constituency Office