News Topics: Education (K-12)

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Sanctuary schools: New Westminster school board considers draft policy welcoming undocumented kids

The Education Committee of New Westminster’s school board is considering implementing a policy that welcomes all school-aged children in their district—regardless of immigration status—to attend their schools. The New Westminster policy comes after consultations with groups including Sanctuary Health Coalition and School for All. In May 2016, First Call sent MORE


Your Education Matters: Interviews with Richmond parents and Rob Fleming, MLA and education critic

Presented by the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education, this new episode of Education Matters features two parents from the Richmond Schools Stand United talking to host Paul Shaker about the effects of current funding levels in Richmond. MLA Rob Fleming, the education critic, says public education is the single MORE

resources – Hold on to your home language – Resources in multiple languages

The website provides research-based information about the importance of maintaining and protecting the minority languages spoken in homes across Canada. The goal of is to help parents, teachers, childcare workers and service providers understand the personal, social, linguistic and academic reasons for maintaining and protecting home languages. There MORE


Public education panel discussion – Vancouver, Feb. 6

BC Public Education: Keeping the Covenant with Future Generations Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 7-8:30 pm SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver Find more info A week ahead of Family Day, join the Public Education Network Society for an open dialogue among professionals, parents and concerned citizens on the purposes of MORE


Lessons from the Chicago Teachers Strike: Coalition-building, organizing & the fight against austerity – Vancouver, Jan. 18

Wednesday, Jan. 18 7 pm SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver Free. All welcome. Refreshments. Find more info Join Michael Brunson of the Chicago Teachers’ Union and Sonia Singh of Labor Notes magazine for a timely and dynamic talk on labour and community coalition-building, organizing and the struggle against austerity. MORE

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2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Where’s the accountability for children growing up in poverty in BC?

Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they MORE

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Inclusion BC: BC failed a generation of students: Time to rebuild inclusion in our public schools

During the 14-year fight between the BC government and teachers, a generation of students with special needs had their supports and inclusion steadily eroded. Now Inclusion BC calls for an urgent response to ensure public schools can restore inclusion, lost access and special education supports. “Without adequate resources and a MORE

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PAN submission to BC government – Education priority and parent feedback

The Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education (PAN) presented to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services (SSC) on September 19. They had two “takeaway” questions, and thanks to 110 responses from their survey, they submitted this response. The data from these questions clearly illustrates again how much parents are MORE