“Education Minister Mike Bernier’s outrageous political decision to unilaterally fire the democratically elected Vancouver School Board is the wrong decision for kids, for parents, and for communities. The people of Vancouver elected trustees to stand up for public education, not to do the provincial government’s dirty work of closing schools, cutting programs, and selling off public assets address a budget shortfall of their own making. The Vancouver School Board is now being run out of Premier Christy Clark’s office.
After a decade of chronic underfunding by this provincial government, British Columbia now ranks second-to-last in education funding in Canada – after posting a BC budget surplus of nearly $2 billion. VSB trustees have successfully advocated for students, securing money for seismic upgrades to ensure kids’ safety, a reduction in the arbitrary 95% utilization rule, and increased consultation with parents and communities. Despite these accomplishments, British Columbia still funds more than $1,000 per student less than other provinces. The situation is untenable, and our kids’ education suffers -- while this government plays politics.
Vision Vancouver trustees are strong advocates for students, and today's announcement makes that more important than ever. We were elected on a promise to make the right decisions for students and their families during a time of population growth in our city. We’ll continue to passionately oppose the chronic underfunding of our classrooms – because Vancouver’s students deserve better than a provincial government with a record of contempt for public education.” – Mike Lombardi
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