#MIAMLA: BC Liberal MLA in hiding over school closures

Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson is MIA.

Larson was only too happy to announce $271,000 in improvements to Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) just four months ago in a November 9, 2015 media release.

“Work is expected to be completed by spring 2016,” says the release. And completed just in time! OSS are now to be closed and students bused to Oliver.

Naturally, her constituents don’t want their town’s only schools closed and their kids bused half an hour down the highway.

They also want an explanation from their MLA who represents them in Victoria – and they want their concerns heard. Here’s what the local paper had to say: Continue reading #MIAMLA: BC Liberal MLA in hiding over school closures

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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?

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?

Rally at Christy Clark’s Constituency Office

MLA for West Kelowna; Premier of British Columbia

Parents! Bring your signs, bring your kids, bring your noise! It is time for action from our government! We want our kids in school! Come and out have your voices heard!

Time: Tuesday, September 2 – 10am.

Location: 3-2429 Dobbin Road, West Kelowna Continue reading Rally at Christy Clark’s Constituency Office