Issue number six of our trustee elections bulletin has been released. This issue includes information on the school trustee oath of office.
In follow-up to BCSTA President Gordon Swan’s oral report to the Select Standing Committee on Finance, BCSTA submitted the following supplemental written submission to the committee on October 10, 2018.
Please note that this year’s presentations were held to five minutes. BCSTA will be following up with an additional written submission containing more details.
A few years ago, a British Columbia Ombudsperson’s report expressed concerns about a somewhat common practice of municipal councils and boards.
Earlier this year, former British Columbia ombudsperson Howard Kushner was appointed as the new commissioner for teacher regulation.
Howard Kushner’s bio, available on bcteacherregulation.ca, provides us with the following regarding his background and qualifications:
Staff at the BC School Trustees Association have been keeping busy with only 62 days to go before the upcoming BCSTA Academy, taking place November 29 – December 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. Taking place in the final week of November, both newly elected and seasoned trustees will find plenty of topics of interest on hand, all of which has been curated under the banner of “building a new board: elected, engaged and empowered.”
As a way to increase the profile of school trustees as the election approaches, BCSTA launched the #ProudToBeASchoolTrustee social media campaign at our 2018 AGM. Members have been encouraged to share messages on social media about why they are #ProudToBeASchoolTrustee, including why they decided to run as a trustee, the work they are most proud to be involved in and the impact of their work in their communities.
As the general election looms, and we collectively approach the three week marker, boards, trustees and the public have much to consider. SOGI 1 2 3, a learning resource created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and educators, and developed with the goal of supporting all students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and providing educators with the capacity to build inclusive school environments, has become a contentious talking point.
Issue number five of our trustee elections bulletin has been released. This issue includes information on the nomination period.