Our next PAN meeting is scheduled for Monday November 30, 7:00-9:00pm, at the Tipper (2066 Kingsway, back room). We invite you to join us and other like-minded parents and contribute your ideas and action.
Presentation to VBE re EY report
On November 10, the Vancouver School Board held a special public input meeting for feedback on the proposed response to the June 8 EY recommendations. These recommendations included the closure of 19 East Vancouver schools to meet a district capacity target of 95%. The Parent Advocacy Network presented alongside other stakeholders such as DPAC, VESTA, VSTA and CUPE. There were common themes that emerged including the concern over selling school land, the privileging of corporate efficiency over educational wisdom, and the need for the board to remain transparent to stakeholders in its decision making processes. PAN highlighted the negative impact on students, learning environments and the arts should a 95% capacity target be agreed upon. A highlight of the evening was a presentation by Andy Yan, a city planner who stunned everyone by citing BC statistics student population predictions for Vancouver, which anticipate an increase of 25,000 school age students by 2041. If this is the case, then the elimination of 7,000 ‘empty seats’ through school closures seem shortsighted indeed! The report is on the Parent Advocacy Network Page.
Are you concerned about the future of Public Education in BC, and would you like to know how you can advocate for a better future? Join us for a Panel Discussion with the Public Education Network Society (PENS) on November 25. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend this event. Poster attached FYI.
Join PAN Discussion Group
We encourage you to join our online discussion forum to facilitate a broader discussion without swamping your email inbox.
To join our Google Group please go to https://groups.google.com/d/forum/parent-advocacy-network-vancouver
Click on the link to “Apply for Membership” and follow the onscreen prompts and directions.
Thank you again for your interest in the Network. We hope that our work will inspire and support your advocacy efforts.
Parents from PAN