Patti Bacchus Feed http://www.vancouverobserver.com/contributor_content/3618 en "We are scared and we feel abandoned" —Teachers at BC-certified school in South Korea plead for help from government http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/we-are-scared-and-we-feel-abandoned-teachers-bc-certified-school-south-korea-plead-help Fourteen “BC-certified” teachers who work at a B.C. Ministry of Education-certified offshore school have been ordered to leave South Korea. <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/we-are-scared-and-we-feel-abandoned-teachers-bc-certified-school-south-korea-plead-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Offshore school Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:28:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23544 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com NDP’s pledge to scrap student loan interest makes them best bet for post-secondary students http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/ndp-s-pledge-scrap-student-loan-interest-makes-them-best-bet-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? <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/ndp-s-pledge-scrap-student-loan-interest-makes-them-best-bet-post-secondary-students" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Post-secondary education platforms Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:24:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23541 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com NDP education platform is the best of an uninspiring bunch http://www.vancouverobserver.com/tags/bc-election-platforms-2017/ndp-education-platform-best-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 <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/tags/bc-election-platforms-2017/ndp-education-platform-best-uninspiring-bunch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BC election platforms 2017 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:54:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23531 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com VSB’s 2017/18 budget plan creates confusion, cuts and parent complaints http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/vsb-s-201718-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 <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/vsb-s-201718-budget-plan-creates-confusion-cuts-and-parent-complaints" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion adult education VSB budget Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:51:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23527 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com VSB using BCTF-court settlement funds to avert big budget cuts next year http://www.vancouverobserver.com/tags/vsb-budget/vsb-using-bctf-court-settlement-funds-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.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/tags/vsb-budget/vsb-using-bctf-court-settlement-funds-avert-big-budget-cuts-next-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> VSB budget Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:20:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23517 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Adult education — the school of second chances needs another chance http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/adult-education-school-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 <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/adult-education-school-second-chances-needs-another-chance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion adult education Thu, 06 Apr 2017 21:09:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23514 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com VSB gets biggest piece of the BCTF court settlement fund http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/vsb-gets-biggest-piece-bctf-court-settlement-fund Patti Bacchus hopes it's enough to prevent more cuts. <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/vsb-gets-biggest-piece-bctf-court-settlement-fund" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion BCTF Supreme Court settlement VSB budget Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:40:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23499 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com BC government action needed to protect privacy of student data http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/bc-government-action-needed-protect-privacy-student-data B.C. teachers are calling on government and school boards to take steps to protect student privacy and support teachers’ use of digital reporting tools <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/bc-government-action-needed-protect-privacy-student-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Data privacy education Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:11:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23492 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com School trustees' job is to represent constituents and ask hard questions. That's not bullying.  http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/school-trustees-job-represent-constituents-and-ask-hard-questions-thats-not-bullying The VSB's Goldner report says that by asking hard questions, trustees bullied staff. That's an attack on the role of trustees.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/school-trustees-job-represent-constituents-and-ask-hard-questions-thats-not-bullying" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion VSB Goldner Report Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:14:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23482 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com It's time to stop funding B.C.'s private schools http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/its-time-stop-funding-bcs-private-schools Is it time time to put that public money back where it belongs — in public schools? Vancouver Observer Contributing Education Editor, Patti Bacchus thinks it is. <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/its-time-stop-funding-bcs-private-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion B.C. private schools BC Liberals BC NDP Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:39:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23466 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com