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B.C. Drops Some Provincial High-School Exams

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Math and literacy will be the only skills to be formally tested starting in the next school year.

B.C. Education Grant Obscures Bigger Underfunding Issues

Sarah Miller | Posted 04.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

Here in B.C. our students (if they even qualify) will get $1,200. This might get you one year of textbooks, hardly a progressive move by any means. But our government is using this grant to try and gain support, and they are spending public tax money to push these ads on TV, radio, Internet, newspapers and other media.

B.C. Slammed For Losing Hard Drive With Students' Personal Info

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Education Minister Mike Bernier acknowledged the privacy breach as "unacceptable."

Stop Blaming B.C. Teachers

Sarah Miller | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

The saddest part to me is how much of the public buy into the "lazy, greedy" teacher persona that our government portrays in an effort to justify its constant underfunding of our public schools.

Parents Are The Ones Actually Funding Public Schools

Sarah Miller | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Parent advisory councils are now expected to cover everything from sex ed, earthquake supplies, recess/sports/music/gym equipment, classroom supplies, technology, sound systems for assemblies, library books, year end activities, field trips, playgrounds and more.

B.C. Teacher Told Student To 'Erase Your Life' With Pocket Knife

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Gerard MacIntosh was a North Vancouver principal and Grade 8 teacher.

Millions Of Student Files Lost In 'Misplaced' B.C. Gov't Hard Drive

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia

3.4 milion records dating back to the '80s have been lost.

Questions Parents Should Ask With New B.C. Curriculum

Maria Boublil | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Maria Boublil

As a mother of two high-school aged kids and an educational consultant, I see first-hand the struggles that students and parents face. With the new changes to the curriculum I see the potential for these challenges to increase exponentially.

New Curriculum Not Meant For B.C. Public Schools

Lizanne Foster | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Each time I tried to imagine what personalized learning would look like in overcrowded classrooms with outdated technology, my mind sent me 404 error messages. Nothing computed.

The New B.C. Education Curriculum Is Part Of Jekyll And Hyde Story

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

There are so many contradictory messages that emanate from the government, it's hard to make sense of it all. It seems that there are two different personalities that take turns being in charge at the Ministry.

Goodbye Fassbender, Hello LNG Advocate?

Sarah Miller | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

This cabinet shuffle shows clear signs of Christy Clark trying to further tie our children's education and future to LNG.

Fassbender Takes Charge Of TransLink In B.C. Cabinet Shuffle

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Four ministers have new responsibilities.

I Love Being A B.C. Teacher So Much That I Have To Quit

Cecelia Griffiths | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Cecelia Griffiths

Things are worse. They are so much worse. I cannot express how bad things are getting. It's because I love the work so much, that I have to leave. I've spent the last two years thinking about going. I've felt increasingly sorrowful that I simply cannot do all that these kids need and deserve me to do.

B.C. Students Will Finally Learn Their Province's Racist History

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"There are many things that have happened in the province of British Columbia people are not aware of."

Prince Rupert Elementary Students To All Learn First Nations Language

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

For 40 minutes each week, kids will be introduced to simple parts of the language through songs and activities.

Closing 19 Vancouver Schools Doesn't Make Sense

Sarah Miller | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

There is absolutely no benefit to students to have full-to-the-brim classrooms; if there is why do private schools advertise small class sizes for a better learning environment?

Closing 19 Vancouver Schools Could Save $72 Million: Report

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The report also said there are more than 10,000 empty classroom seats in Vancouver schools.

Some Advice For the Education Minister on Teachers' Professional Development

Lizanne Foster | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Now that Bill 11 has become law in B.C., giving the minister of education the power to determine what I do for my professional development, I'm looking forward to his plans to help me to deal with some challenges I have in my teaching practice. I have some questions that I hope he can answer.

I Know Exactly How Christy Clark Can Improve Relations With B.C. Public School Teachers

Sarah Collins | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

You see, standardized test results don't paint a full picture. And neither do my words here. You'll just have to come see for yourself.

LOOK: Top Elementary Schools In B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

50 schools showed significant improvement in the annual ranking that continues to be dominated by private institutions.

Courts Will Not Deliver Smaller Class Sizes In B.C., So Here's What Will

Tara Ehrcke | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Tara Ehrcke

The 13-year legal battle over class sizes in British Columbia should teach us that relying on the courts is not a winning strategy. After a decade of court battles, classes are as large as ever, funding on the decrease, and the teachers' strike fund depleted from legal costs.

Let's Look At The Wonky Logic Behind Less B.C. Student Funding, More Jail Investment

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Seeing that declining figures don't seem to effect the government's ability to fund our corrections system, I fail to see how our province is unable to provide our children with at least the national average for our public schools.

B.C. Teachers Lose Major Court Case

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A judge ruled that the province did not violate teachers' charter rights, overturning lower court rulings on class size composition.

My Former Student Will Likely Get More Help For Learning Disability In Jail Than In B.C. School

Lizanne Foster | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

With cuts to the number of school psychologists, waiting lists got longer and longer. And when choices had to be made between you and a student exhibiting violent behaviour in the classroom, your suspected reading disability was seen as less urgent. After all, you were funny and kind, not violent.

Dear Christy Clark: Stop Relying On Parents, Teachers To Fund B.C. Public Schools

Sarah Miller | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

The only problem with our public school system in B.C. is that we have a government that is unwilling to fund it properly.