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Combining BC school districts will not benefit communities or students

Let's examine the ongoing discussion about amalgamating school districts, including the notion of a single centralized province wide and province run school district.    Education historian...

Fraser Institute gets defensive

Last November, the keynote speaker at the sold out annual gala for the Fraser Institute in Vancouver was Premier Gordon Campbell. Campbell's presence at the expensive event was remarked upon by those...

Vancouver parents call for independent inquiry, long-term plan, for public education

In response to the Special Advisor's Report, a group of more than 200 parents representing 80% of the schools across Vancouver, Vancouver Parents for Public Education (VPPE), are requesting the...

Vancouver School Board grapples with possible school closures and program cuts

 At a meeting of the Vancouver School Board (VSB) last night, trustees agreed to seek clarification from the Minister of Education about whether a $17.23 million shortfall in funds will result...

A teacher mourns her job loss

A grade-2 teacher becomes an apparent casualty of the Liberal government's education budget cuts. Who's next?

The parable of the Vancouver Board of Education's special advisor

There once was a man who kept his yard full of hundreds of well-groomed trees. He was very fond of his trees, watering and pruning them with care as the seasons changed. One day he received a...

VSB chair Patti Bacchus calls on parents to ask MLAs for more money for Vancouver schools

"I cannot overstate how difficult it will be to make up this $18.12 million dollar funding shortfall," Patti Bacchus, Vancouver School Board chairman said in an email yesterday. "The VSB has already m

Be Good for Goodness Sake!

You'd better watch out -- especially when surfing at work. You-know-who knows when you've been good or bad -- and I'm not talking about Santa!