Shantel Shave Public Relations

February 26, 2010 10:30 ET

"Rally for Education" to be Held on Sunday, February 28th at Connaght Park

Vancouver parents gather together to support public school funding

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2010) - Parents of Vancouver's Bayview Community School today announced a rally has been organized for 10:00AM, Sunday, Feb 28, at Connaght Park on 11th and Vine (next to Kits High), to express concerns over the impacts of proposed cuts to the education budget.

Patti Bacchus, the Chair of the Vancouver Board of Education has warned that the district faces a bleak fiscal situation, having cut $47 million since 2002, with another $17–$35 million more in cuts on the table for 2010-11. Some 800 teachers have been served notice that they could face layoffs as a result, a figure that represents one-third of existing staff at one city high school with growing enrolment. School closures and a shortened school calendar are also being considered. The Board has also warned that special education is among the programs facing cuts next year, despite growing enrolment of students with special needs.

Since 2002 there has been a steady erosion of funding to schools. There are now 5500 fewer teachers in BC than there were eight years ago, meaning lower teacher to student ratios and more mixed-grade classes.

Bayview Community School could lose up to four staff, causing an erosion of the stable foundation needed for sound management and effective education programs. The rally is intended to urge the government to fully fund all provincially-mandated costs for 2010-11 and beyond.

Said organizer Kelsy Wittmann, "This rally is to support the teachers and students of Bayview Community School, whose resources are already stretched to the limit. Classes are at capacity in terms of student numbers, with many well over capacity for students with special needs. These cuts will affect every single child in every single class at Bayview, with potentially devastating consequences. We will not stand idly by while our government gambles with the future of our children."

Approximately 100 people are expected to attend.

Contact Information

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    Kelsy Wittmann
    jkwittmann at shaw dot ca