Patti Bacchus

Named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun, Patti listens to parents, students and communities and has worked to successfully minimize the impact of provincial funding shortfalls on classrooms and has secured additional provincial funding for Vancouver schools.

Patti has worked alongside her colleagues and community members to develop plans for Vancouver’s first Aboriginal-focussed school of choice and an Early Mandarin Bilingual program.

A long-time advocate for school seismic safety, Patti continues to focus on getting all at-risk schools upgraded and improving school emergency preparedness.

Born and raised in Vancouver and a graduate of the University of Victoria and Langara College, Patti is married to Lee Bacchus and has a grown stepdaughter and two school-aged children.

Maple Grove kids

Do we need school dress codes?

The dress code debate seems to come around each year with the warm weather. What’s it really about?
Andrew Weaver

Thoughts on the election and education, French immersion spaces, a little yellow school house, and bans

I don’t know about you, but to me it feels like the election was a lot more than a week ago.
VSB building

What do the BC election results mean for public education?

A lot of people scratching their heads this morning and wondering what the election results mean. Patti Bacchus, looks at what's in store for public education.
Your education matters panel

Christy Clark made education a key election issue — finally!

In the 2009 and 2013 election campaigns education was rarely mentioned in debates or in news coverage. This election is different.
Offshore teachers

"We are scared and we feel abandoned" —Teachers at BC-certified school in South Korea plead for help from government

Fourteen “BC-certified” teachers who work at a B.C. Ministry of Education-certified offshore school have been ordered to leave South Korea.
George Davison

NDP’s pledge to scrap student loan interest makes them best bet for post-secondary students

Post-secondary tuition fees and student loan debt have soared under the BC Liberals. Which party has the best post-secondary plan?

NDP education platform is the best of an uninspiring bunch

BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver lashed out at teachers and critics over the weekend on twitter after reports of testy meetings with teachers and the B.C. Federation of Labour
Full House at VSB meeting

VSB’s 2017/18 budget plan creates confusion, cuts and parent complaints

The VSB’s budget plan includes questionable plans for the BCTF-settlement funds, a controversial online survey and closing all but one adult education site
Bonnefoy and Turner

VSB using BCTF-court settlement funds to avert big budget cuts next year

The VSB was expected to be at least $15 million short for next year’s budget, but thanks to the BCTF court win and elected board’s past decisions, it’s getting more money and fewer cuts.

Adult education — the school of second chances needs another chance

Government cuts are slamming the door on adults who need to upgrade their high-school credits to get into post-secondary programs
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