June 16, 2009

Member and public action help slow education cuts

NEW WESTMINSTER – Students, parents and staff in the New Westminster School District can breathe a little easier with some of the most serious proposed restructuring of support services averted.

June 5, 2009

CUPE sounds alarm on school budget cuts

NEW WESTMINSTER- CUPE 409 in the New Westminster School district is sounding the alarm about proposed budget cuts for the coming year.

Local president Marcel Marsolais says that close to one-third of his 350 members have received lay-off notices. “Our message is simple. These staff cuts will hurt students.

March 9, 2009

Education advocates host forum on public education

VICTORIA—Come and find out why B.C. education advocates are worried about our public education system – from K-12 through to university – at a free public forum for residents of Greater Victoria. The forum is sponsored by the BC Coalition for Public Education.

Join us to hear Dr. Paul Shaker, former Dean and Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education. Dr.

March 1, 2009

CUPE backgrounder: Bill 20

Bill 20, THE SCHOOL (STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT ENABLING) AMENDMENT ACT, 2007, was tabled in the B.C. Legislature on March 26. The legislation follows up on the B.C. government’s February Throne Speech, which proposed many significant changes to the School Act.

Key areas in which Bill 20 proposes changes include: school fees, power of superintendents, and model schools.

February 5, 2009

Investment in public education key to economic stimulus – poll

VICTORIA—An overwhelming majority (86 percent) of British Columbians believe investment in public education should be a key part of any economic stimulus plan in the upcoming provincial budget, and two-thirds would support the province running a deficit in order to maintain the current system, according to a poll released today by the BC Coalition for Public Education.

“This is a