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Response from the Minister of Education regarding DPAC’s March 2 Letter

The Buranby DPAC received a written response from Education Minister Mike Bernier regarding the letter we sent the Ministers of Finance and Education in support of the recommendatinos on K-12 Education as found in the November 2016 report of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

A copy of the Minister’s letter can be found here.

The Burnaby DPAC will continue to advocate for predictable, sustainable and adequate funding for capital and operational expenses in BC’s public schools.

Focus Group on Post Secondary Resources with the Ministry of Advanced Education

Tuesday March 28, 7pm at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School.

Register HERE.

The Ministry of Advanced Education is working to better understand the student journey from high school to post-secondary, and the resources and tools required to help student and their supports make this transition. One of these resources is EducationPlannerBC, an initiative to consolidate online post-secondary resources, enabling students to search for programs, compare admission and tuition requirements, and apply directly to the public post-secondary institution(s) of their choice through a common online application platform.

The Provincial Government’s Service Design team is visiting post-secondary institutions, high schools, counselling offices and parent advisory councils, conducting user research to validate assumptions and make recommendations for subsequent EducationPlannerBC development beyond 2017.

During the approximately 1 hour long PAC session, we will lead brainstorming exercises on your top areas of concern when talking with students about post-secondary, what resources you use to support your children and what might help make those conversations easier.

 

Letter to the Ministers of Finance and Education

At the February 20 DPAC General meeting the following motion was passed unanimously:

MOTION: That Burnaby DPAC send a letter to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance in support of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services’ recommendations, in particular, Recommendation 49: “Provide predictable, sustainable and adequate yearly funding to enable school districts to fulfill their responsibility to continue to provide access to quality public education.”

A copy of that letter is available here: Letter to Finance and Education Ministers

HAVE YOUR SAY ON REPORT CARDS – Parent Feedback to the Ministry of Education on Student Reporting

Many of your children will be bringing home their report cards this week as we get ready for the winter break.

We thought that this would provide a good opportunity for you to participate in the Ministry of Education’s Engagement Process on Student Reporting.

As many of you may be aware, this 2016-2017 school year, the Ministry of Education is gathering input from parents on how you want to hear about your child’s process at school. The Ministry is looking for input from parents to guide the development of the reporting approach for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 so parents have a better understanding of their child’s progress.

There are two ways for parents to participate:

The parent feedback form will be open for response until February 28, 2017 at 4 PM. All of the input submitted will be summarized into an Engagement Summary Report, which will be available online in June 2017. The information gathered will be considered by the Ministry and the School District leaders as they develop potential models for improved reports.

For further information, please visit http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/en/home/

Thanks in advance for your participation in this parent engagement process.

Update on BC’s Redesigned Curriculum and FSAs

November 2016
Update on BC’s New Curriculum from Education Minister Mike Bernier

Based on feedback provided by teachers and educators, the redesigned grade 10-12 curriculum will be implemented at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. This extra year will give teachers, principals and trustees more time to work hands-on with the redesigned curriculum – making sure it’s right for students. Additionally there is an update on Foundation Skills Assessment for students going into grades 4 and 7 in the coming year. Parents can read all about these updates in a letter from Minister Bernier.

Minister’s Letter to Parents – Nov. 29

The letter includes important updates on:

  • New curriculum implementation for students going into grades 10-12
  • Foundation Skills Assessment for students going into grades 4 & 7

For more information, please visit the Burnaby School District website.

September DPAC General Meeting Agenda and Information

 

The next DPAC General meeting is taking place Monday, September 19th at 7 PM at Burnaby Central High School (6011 Deer Lake Pkwy). As you may recall from our June meeting, DPAC Reps voted in favour of moving our monthly general meetings to the third Monday of each month for this school year.

The agenda for next Monday’s meeting can be found at the link below:

DPAC General Meeting Agenda – Sept. 19

2016 – 2017 Burnaby DPAC Meeting Schedule

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017 *

Monday, May 15, 2017

*  Budget Consultation Meeting – note the April meeting takes place on the first Monday of the month. As such, there is no DPAC meeting in March.

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.”