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?

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 with Suzanne Anton. Book your appointment now.

MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview; Attorney General and Minister of Justice

Keep up the pressure. Come join the MLA Playdate at Suzanne Anton’s office.

Date and Time: Monday, September 15 – 10-11am

Location: 112-2609 E. 49th Ave, Vancouver Continue reading MLA Playdate with Suzanne Anton. Book your appointment now.

Rally for Arbitration. Organized by parents. For public education.

We all want students back in school now. Eighteen months of negotiation and mediation have failed.

This is a grassroots parent-driven rally to make our voices heard. The organizers are parents who have never met but have banded together through Facebook for the common goal of schools resuming. Please share and invite!

Date and Time: Sunday, Sept 14 – 10am – 12 noon

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver Continue reading Rally for Arbitration. Organized by parents. For public education.

Banner making at the Laughing Bean in Vancouver

Come to the Laughing Bean and celebrate your teachers!

Date and Time: Friday, September 12, 2 – 5pm

Location: The Laughing Bean, 2695 E Hastings St (at Slocan), Vancouver Continue reading Banner making at the Laughing Bean in Vancouver