Organize!

So, budget cuts are coming to your school district. Our school boards have been clear: these cuts will have impacts on your child, their classmates, classroom services and programs and your local school. We get it, you are angry. You want you child to have the education they deserve — we can afford it in this rich province we live in. But if you want that to happen you will have not just be angry but act — and not alone.

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 We’ve heard about unsafe and out-of-date shop classes.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

Parents, share your concerns. Share your stories.

Sharing your stories is what this is about. Tell your MLA. Tell the media. And tell each other.

1. Use the #MLAPlaydate hashtag when sharing, it’ll be easier for others to share. If you also add the MLA’s name it will help people to see the scope of playdates.

2. Tell the MLA, or their staff, your concerns and questions as a parent about schools being closed and your worries about your child receiving a quality public education. Then share them on social media.

3. Share the fun and creative activities your playdate is engaging in. Others can learn from what you are doing and have more fun because of it. Post some pictures — show us your chalk art, pirate hats, games or signs. But ask permission before posting pictures of other people’s kids — other parents might have different ideas about privacy than you do.

4. Talk to each other. Find your shared concerns.

5. Talk about what is going to happen tomorrow or next week if schools do not open. Do you want to hold another playdate or do something else? When? Will it be at the same or a different office? If you haven’t already, find a way to stay in contact and to grow your group. Pace yourselves, right now it seems unlikely this race is a sprint.

6. And have fun with your kids. They’re what your stories are about and why we’re doing this.

Organize your own MLA Playdate: Finding other parents to go.

OK you’re angry. You want something done so your kids can go back to school.

MLA Playdate seems like a good idea but there’s not one organized. And you also don’t want to be the only one who shows up for a playdate at the MLA’s office. Especially with your kids — they’d be bored senseless!

You need to find other parents first. So let’s do it. Here’s how and how we’ll help you. Continue reading Organize your own MLA Playdate: Finding other parents to go.