Burnaby DPAC supports the return of funds to districts

Burnaby DPAC Media Release 2016-05-31website

May 31, 2016

Burnaby, BC – The Burnaby DPAC supports the BC Ministry of Education decision today to return $25 million in mandated administrative savings back to classrooms across the province.

“We hope that some of the funds redistributed to Burnaby will be used to address the issues and concerns that were brought forward by school representatives and parents during our district budget consultation process last month such as increasing counsellor time, more supports for special needs students, and increases to custodial hours to provide coverage for custodial absences”, says Jen Mezei, Burnaby DPAC Chair.  “Unfortunately, the $25 million that is going back to our public education system is a small proportion of what has been cut provincially over the last five years”.

Underfunding was also an issue that was voiced at the BCCPAC AGM earlier this month, where provincial parents from across BC strongly supported a resolution for BCCPAC to advocate for  the total amount of administrative savings to be returned to district operating budgets.

“Although we applaud the government’s latest efforts to restore cuts from public education, it will only bring temporary relief to the chronic underfunding of BC’s public schools”, says Kristin Schnider, DPAC Executive member.  “A longer term funding strategy is needed to adequately meet the diverse learning needs of all students in BC.”



DPAC presentation on the Vancouver Island Parent Conference

Burnaby DPAC Executive members Jocelyn Schonekess and Kristin Schnider attended the Vancouver Island Parent Conference on February 27 at Royal Bay Secondary School in Victoria.

They provided a summary of the workshops and presentations they attended during the conference at the February 29 Burnaby DPAC General meeting. Here is a copy of their presentation.

VIPC 2016

For more information on the Vancouver Island Parent Conference, please visit http://www.vipc.ca/ 

Next PIE Coming Up Soon. Taking Social Emotional Learning Home

Presented by Suzanne Vardy

What do you already do, and what can you add, to develop and encourage social emotional skills with your children at home? This session will help make explicit what you are already doing at home to support and refine your child(ren)’s SEL skills. We will also discuss other ways to build on what you already do. Parental resources, such as websites and blogs, will also be shared.