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.

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 We’ve heard about unsafe and out-of-date shop classes.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.

Students and parents “Deliver your message to end the strike” to MLA Andrew Wilkinson

If the BC teachers’ strike matters to you, we ask that you take a few minutes out of your day to “Deliver Your Message.” On a Post-It note, have your kids write why they want to be back at school. Parents should do the same.

Parents are encouraged to Deliver Your Message at your local MLA office every day starting from Tuesday, September 16. Kids can bring backpacks and books to show that they want to be back in the classroom.

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 16 – 8:45am
Location: MLA Andrew Wilkinson’s office, 5640 Dunbar Street (between 40th and 41st Ave), Vancouver. Continue reading Students and parents “Deliver your message to end the strike” to MLA Andrew Wilkinson

Pots and Pans for Public Education Rally. Today!

Pots and Pans rallies for public education are springing up all across BC. The video above is from a rally in Nanaimo.

Pots and Pans for Public Education is holding a pots and pans rally in Vancouver — and it’s today!

Date and Time: Monday, Sept. 15 – 6:30pm

Location: Olympic SkyTrain Station (Canada Line) , W. 2nd at Cambie Street (adjacent to the Cambie Street Bridge), Vancouver. Continue reading Pots and Pans for Public Education Rally. Today!

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

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