After school on October 20, 2016, the clouds broke and the sun came out just in time to welcome a large and boisterous crowd on the lawn outside the Vancouver School Board. The call to action was clear—restore democracy in Vancouver’s school system and end the underfunding crisis facing BC’s schools.
— CUPE BC (@CUPEBC) October 21, 2016
In the crowd were a group of students from Gladstone, Killarney, and Prince of Wales schools who were calling on the government to reinstate all nine elected trustees. The students spoke to CKNW and criticized Mike Bernier, the Minister of Education, for playing politics.
BCTF President Glen Hansman was on hand and reminded attendees that the problems facing Vancouver schools are mirrored all over the province. He said, “the underfunding crisis is not unique to Vancouver. Every single school district in BC has made cuts in the face of underfunding. As a result, BC has seen the closure of more than 250 schools, the loss of more than 1,600 specialist teachers positions, and a worsening of class composition. Vancouver’s school trustees should be congratulated for putting students first and pushing back against government underfunding. With a $1.9 billion dollar surplus, the government has the means today to fix the underfunding crisis facing our schools.”
— Niamh (@NiamhAnderson) October 21, 2016
— Taran Parmar (@Taranparmar983) October 21, 2016
— Liz Baverstock (@LizBaverstock) October 21, 2016