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.

Mike DeJong

B.C. budget includes more education funding but most of it will go to complying with Supreme Court of Canada teachers' decision

Vancouver parents hoping to see a reversal of cuts to classrooms may be disappointed despite increased education funding in the B.C. budget. Patti Bacchus explains why.

Pathetic education funding announcement adds up to about half a textbook per student

This weekend’s funding announcement adds up to less than $50 per student , which equals about half the cost of one textbook.
Fresh Grade Testimonial

Clear rules required to separate corporate interests from our public school boards

Companies that sell education tech products to school boards have good reason to participate in organizations that give them access to top school district officials.

Is it time for conflict of interest rules for B.C.'s school superintendents?

Is it time for rules about whether top school officials can receive free trips funded by corporations that sell products or services to their school boards?

Why Surrey shouldn’t hold its breath on B.C. Liberals' $217 million school funding promise

Will government keeps its funding promise for new Surrey schools? Let's see what happened with their 2013 promises.
Jessica McDonald, BC Hydro CEO

Would you send your child to a school built on top of an underground electrical substation?

BC Hydro President and CEO Jessica McDonald calls a proposal to build electrical substations under a school and a park a "Triple Word Score." But it is a good deal for downtown families?
VSB announcement Wordle

Don’t be fooled by the announcements — the “additional” teachers being hired should have been there all along

After 15 years of cuts, teacher positions are starting to be restored in response to the BCTF's win in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Turner, Bonnefoy and Lewis

Parents want a say when it comes to their kids taking the Foundation Skills Assessments (FSAs)

Vancouver parents used to be able to fill in a simple form if they didn't want their kids writing the controversial FSA tests. That's all changed now that a government-appointed trustee is in charge.

Students struggle to access post-secondary programs due to adult education cuts

Government cuts to adult education funding mean fewer students can access the courses they need to access post-secondary programs.

B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier left some important things out of his year-end wrap up

B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier says 2016 was a banner year for B.C.'s education system, but he forgot to mention a few things.
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