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A $5 Billion Mess: BC’s School Maintenance Bills Pile Up
‘It’s not a crisis yet, but it will be if we don’t do anything about it.’
Show some courage here Rob and bite the bullet. Taxpayer funding for private schools is passe, and the funds could be put to much better and 'fresher' use elsewhere..........
New Minister Vows ‘Fresh Attitude Towards Public Education’
Former critic turned education minister Rob Fleming talks to the Tyee about his first priorities.
Indigenous students’ outcomes are improving, but students are still below the provincial graduation rate. There are also issues like racism in schools, and there could be more Indigenous content in curriculum. What can Indigenous people expect from your ministry?
I think we have some very recent instruction from the Truth and Reconciliation action items that relate to the K-12 ministry, that will help drive success of Aboriginal and First Nations’ learners.
My sense is that there’s a lot that needs to be scaled up, that’s working quite well in certain parts of B.C., helping Aboriginal students get not just higher graduation rates but parity with non-Aboriginal learners.
That’s what the goal should be: we should be looking at erasing any distinction between the graduation and other outcomes between First Nations and non-Aboriginal students, and aiming for a 100 per cent completion rate in our school system. Eighty per cent is not good enough.
I’ve heard repeatedly that we could fix the public education system if government stopped funding private schools. But your government has said that’s not going to happen. What do you say to people who don’t understand why?
I think what people found egregious was government underfunding public education at the same time that it looked like funding was increasing for those partially subsidized private schools in our province. I think that what they really want is a government that is focused on the well being of public education, a system that continues to serve nearly nine-in-10 kids in our province.
BC’s New Gov’t Pledges Urgent Action on Education — Canada Should, Too
We should treat this essential service more like emergency care.
Who was the uh... genius, who created this policy?
Province Legally Obliged to Cough Up More Cash for Independent Schools
BC private schools received a $40.4 million funding boost because public school funding increased.
Former Vancouver school board chair Patti Bacchus will write about K-12 education for Straight.com
That policy is also what allows your province to mandate curriculum content and other standards for private schools.