By | October 14, 2015

PAN Info

We are a group of parents from schools all across Vancouver who share a commitment to public education. We have started a grassroots group called the Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education (PAN) to connect parents and PACs together across the district. This will enable parents to share information, learn from each other’s experiences, and stand together in protecting public education.

The BC education system has seen a long history of chronic underfunding: We all feel the impact of cuts to resources and programs, the lack of maintenance, the pressure to fund everything from books to photocopy paper and the growing inequalities between schools. Recently the VSB was subject to a financial report by the Special Advisor, which recommended closing 19 schools. We believe that by supporting one another in advocacy, we can more effectively produce change.

We are inviting parents from Vancouver schools to participate as network contacts to receive news on advocacy issues and share this with your PAC and/or fellow parents. We encourage contacts to participate in or through our online discussion group. This will allow you to communicate with parents from other schools and talk about particular issues of concern.

If you are interested in being a network contact or finding out more, please email us at parentadvocacynetwork@gmail.com. Feel free to forward this email to other interested parents. The more parents connect with one another for advocacy, the more change is possible. Together, we are stronger!

We look forward to hearing from you.

First Submission – Hurry, due midnight October 15th, 2015

Care about public education in BC?

A request for written public input in to the 2016 provincial budget has been issued by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

This is your chance to express your thoughts to the Government of BC about:

* Current funding levels for public education

* Cutbacks to special needs’ and student support services/programs

* Cutbacks to arts and music programs

* The growing pressure on parents to raise funds to cover basic educational resources

Your written input can be short, but it should be in your own words. Further information, including an outline of the Committee’s privacy policy, is provided on the Committee’s website at https://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/finance/submission.asp .

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Midnight, Thursday, October 15, 2015

There are three ways to submit your input.

1. Email your letter as an attachment through the online submission form at https://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/finance/submission.asp

2. Mail your submission to:

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

Room 224, Parliament Buildings

Victoria, BC V8V 1X4

3. Fax your submission to: 250-356-8172