Stop digging the hole

School trustees in BC are pushing Victoria to consult with local boards on public education decisions.

School trustees passed three resolutions at their AGM last weekend expressing concern with Bill 11 – the Education Statutes Amendment Act.

Teachers are opposed to the bill because they say it removed control over their own professional development; and the trustees want the Ministry of Education to live up to its Memorandum of Understanding on Co-Governance with the trustees.

Boards of education across the province “gave clear directions” to the B.C. School Trustee Association’s (BCSTA) executive to request the province withdraw several sections of the bill that override the authority of elected boards of education.

Trustees are frustrated that their Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education seems to be ignored in this legislation.

“Trustees are concerned with changes to any legislation that erodes decision-making autonomy of boards of education,” SD 51 board chair and BCSTA president Teresa Rezansoff.

She criticized the process that brought the changes forward, saying that it is not clear to the BCSTA executive just what prompted the government to bring the changes forward.

The province hasn’t shown a lot of competence on the public education file over the past few years.

Top-down planning from Victoria goes against the basic principles of democracy.

If you are unsure about any of this then perhaps you should contact your local trustee and get filled in on the issue.

In the meantime, a little advice for the provincial government: when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging and start trying to find others who might help pull you out of the muck.

 

Just Posted

Inquiry begins into West Kootenay RCMP shooting death

Const. Jason Tait faces charges in the 2015 shooting death of Waylon Jesse Edey in Castlegar

Minor injuries in car, semi accident near Greenwood

Road conditions were likely a factor in the Friday morning crash.

Canada’s archive buys rare book that hints at Nazi plans for North America

The 1944 book may have served as a blueprint for a Nazi purge

Teravainen’s 3 points lift Hurricanes to 5-2 win over Canucks

Vancouver heads into all-star break on losing note

47 men arrested by Vancouver police for allegedly seeking sex with teenage girls

Seven of those arrested have been charged as part of a two-month operation

B.C. hospital apologizes for veteran’s five-day hallway stay

Clinical director of Victoria General Hospital says case of retired veteran ‘definitely excessive’

Speaker Darryl Plecas says ‘justice’ needed for legislature employees

Plecas spoke to media at the opening of a pedestrian and cycling bridge in Abbotsford Wednesday

Advocate hopes B.C. legislature scandal leads to more transparency

‘Depressing’ that it takes a scandal to inspire freedom of information reform, says Sara Neuert

‘Dr. Lipjob’ avoids jail, gets 30-day suspended sentence

She will have to serve the 30 days in prison if she commits a breach during her two-year’s probation

Kootenay boy, 10, brave in the face of cancer

Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters game to raise funds for young fan fighting cancer

B.C.-Alberta healthcare access issues continue across Kootenays

MLA investigates rumours patient transportation services stop at the border

Most Read