Patti Bacchus Feed http://www.vancouverobserver.com/contributor_content/3618 en How to save a special little yellow school house — the Kitsilano edition. http://www.vancouverobserver.com/tags/little-yellow-school-house/how-save-special-little-yellow-school-house-kitsilano-edition Heritage advocates have one last chance to save a much-loved little yellow schoolhouse in Kitsilano. It's been done before but it wasn't easy.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/tags/little-yellow-school-house/how-save-special-little-yellow-school-house-kitsilano-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Little Yellow School House Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:54:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23456 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com B.C. budget includes more education funding but most of it will go to complying with Supreme Court of Canada teachers' decision http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/bc-budget-includes-more-education-funding-most-it-will-go-complying-supreme-court-canada 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.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/bc-budget-includes-more-education-funding-most-it-will-go-complying-supreme-court-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion BC budget 2017 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:04:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23446 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Pathetic education funding announcement adds up to about half a textbook per student http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/pathetic-education-funding-announcement-adds-about-half-textbook-student This weekend’s funding announcement adds up to less than $50 per student , which equals about half the cost of one textbook. <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/pathetic-education-funding-announcement-adds-about-half-textbook-student" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Education funding announcement Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:37:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23442 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Clear rules required to separate corporate interests from our public school boards http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/clear-rules-required-separate-corporate-interests-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. <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/clear-rules-required-separate-corporate-interests-our-public-school-boards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion conflict of interest school boards Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:27:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23429 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Is it time for conflict of interest rules for B.C.'s school superintendents? http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/it-time-conflict-interest-rules-bcs-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? <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/it-time-conflict-interest-rules-bcs-school-superintendents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion BC school superintendents Conflict of interest rules Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:11:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23423 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Why Surrey shouldn’t hold its breath on B.C. Liberals' $217 million school funding promise http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/why-surrey-shouldn-t-hold-its-breath-bc-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. <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/why-surrey-shouldn-t-hold-its-breath-bc-liberals-217-million-school-funding-promise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion BC Government school funding promises Surrey Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:38:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23404 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Would you send your child to a school built on top of an underground electrical substation? http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/would-you-send-your-child-school-built-top-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?<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/would-you-send-your-child-school-built-top-underground-electrical-substation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion B.C. Hydro substation proposal Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:26:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23386 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Don’t be fooled by the announcements — the “additional” teachers being hired should have been there all along http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/don-t-be-fooled-announcements-additional-teachers-being-hired-should-have-been-there-all 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. <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/don-t-be-fooled-announcements-additional-teachers-being-hired-should-have-been-there-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion BC Teachers Ruling VSB Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:20:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23370 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Parents want a say when it comes to their kids taking the Foundation Skills Assessments (FSAs) http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/parents-want-say-when-it-comes-their-kids-taking-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.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/parents-want-say-when-it-comes-their-kids-taking-foundation-skills-assessments-fsas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Foundation Skills Assessment FSAs Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:57:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23352 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Students struggle to access post-secondary programs due to adult education cuts http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/students-struggle-access-post-secondary-programs-due-adult-education-cuts Government cuts to adult education funding mean fewer students can access the courses they need to access post-secondary programs. <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/students-struggle-access-post-secondary-programs-due-adult-education-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Adult education cuts Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:04:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23332 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com