Neighbourhood Schools

 

1. OneCity believes neighbourhood schools are the heart of vibrant, diverse, inclusive, healthy and educated communities.
2. The need for public education advocacy doesn’t end because of the Supreme Court of Canada decision on class size and composition or the election of a new provincial government.
3. We call for the immediate end to public funding of elite private schools, and for returning those funds to the public school system.
4. On School Board, OneCity trustees will work with City Council to build an affordable city for all; a Vancouver for everyone.

 

1. OneCity believes neighbourhood schools are the heart of vibrant, diverse, inclusive, healthy and educated communities.

  • We believe that neighbourhood schools are vital community assets and should remain open even when enrollment goes up and down. We see the School Board as holding lands in trust for future generations, and support re-purposing unused school property or classrooms as community spaces during times of lower enrollment rather than selling the land for short term gain.  

  • We want to create vibrant schools across the city. We envision schools that host neighbourhood councils, allow kids to play after school, welcome seniors walking around the track and folks walking their dogs, bring people together, share space, and participate in community work.

  • We want to build diverse school communities in every neighbourhood. We imagine schools that support English Language Learners (ELL), ensure an adequate number of Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) for new immigrant and refugee children and families, provide adequate resources to support Indigenous ways of knowing, include Aboriginal Education Workers, and support diversity mentors for LGBTQ students. OneCity also supports the BCTF’s call for making an Indigenous-themed course a graduation requirement for all students, and developing an anti-racism plan that reflects the experiences of indigenous students and students of colour.

  • We want to foster inclusive education throughout Vancouver. We want our schools to fund resource teachers for children with Special Needs, provide functional resource rooms, and ensure resource teachers aren’t being called away to work as Teachers on Call (ToCs).

  • We acknowledge that the purpose of the public education system is to provide the guidance, support, and opportunities for student success, and that the costs will differ depending on the existing social circumstances of each child. We need to understand that educating some students will cost more money than educating others. We believe that this cost is worth it - because our students deserve it, and because we must be able to provide each student with what they need to meet their fullest potential.

 

2. The need for public education advocacy doesn’t end because of the Supreme Court of Canada decision on class size and composition or the election of a new provincial government.

  • Recent wins for public schools in BC does not mean we can stop fighting for our kids’ education.
  • Where advocacy is required, we will advocate at the appropriate level of government.
  • Where decisions are the responsibility of the Board of Education, we will practice good governance and judicious decision-making.

 

3. We call for the immediate end to public funding of elite private schools, and for returning those funds to the public school system.

  • Elite private schools receive 35% of per student funding from the provincial government.
  • In 2016, across the province, elite schools received $45 million from the government while half the public school boards faced deficits causing school closures, cuts to programs, and reduced supports for vulnerable students.
  • We will advocate for the end of government funding for elite private schools in BC and for that funding to be returned to public schools.

 

4. On School Board, OneCity trustees will work with City Council to build an affordable city for all; a Vancouver for everyone.

  • We believe that all people should be able to afford to live where they work.
  • Vancouver's lack of affordable housing options is causing teachers and school support staff to move out of this city.
  • We will work with the BC Teacher’s Federation, and other stakeholders, to develop made-in-Vancouver solutions to address our district’s immediate staffing needs.

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  • commented 2017-09-15 11:31:30 -0700
    Will you restore the Grade 4 string orchestra and Grade 5 wind band programs that were cut by the previous school board?