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Media Release: BCSTA and Ministry of Education Sign Updated Memorandum of Understanding

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[Vancouver, B.C. – December 3, 2018] On Friday, November 30, President Gordon Swan of the British Columbia School Trustees Association and the Province’s Minister of Education, the Honourable Rob Fleming, signed an updated memorandum of understanding between BCSTA and the Ministry of Education as part of BCSTA’s academy program. The MOU acts as an agreement

Media Release: BCSTA Pleased After Government’s EHT Announcement

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[Vancouver B.C. – July 4, 2018] On Wednesday, July 4, the Ministry of Finance released an announcement regarding implementation of the new Employer Health Tax (EHT), as part of the next steps toward the elimination of Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums and transition to the EHT.  The announcement stated: “The transition to the EHT includes funding

Media Release: BCSTA Responds to Government’s Investment in Educational Leadership

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[Vancouver B.C. – June 13, 2018] The British Columbia School Trustees Association is very supportive of the government’s recent move to invest more in the development of leaders within the K-12 public education system. The Association also looks forward to working with the sector’s various partner associations, along with government, to create a leadership development framework.

Media Release: Response to Playground Equipment Program Announcement

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[Vancouver B.C. – May 8, 2018] The British Columbia School Trustees Association is pleased to see the government investing in local school and communities with the announcement of the Playground Equipment Program. The program will see the province investing $5 million into new playground equipment for schools every year. “Students, parents, school staff and local community

Media Release: BCSTA Installs New Board of Directors

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[Richmond B.C. – April 28, 2018] The BCSTA held their 114th Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, B.C. during which the membership voted for the 2018-19 board of directors. The following candidates were successfully elected to the board. President: Gordon Swan – SD58 (Nicola-Similkameen) Vice-President: Stephanie – Higginson SD68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)

Media Release: BCSTA Responds to Maintenance Funding Announcement

[Vancouver, B.C. – March 27, 2018] The recent announcement of $198 Million in maintenance funding for school districts was positively received by the British Columbia School Trustees Association. “BCSTA has strongly advocated for quite some time that the government provide local boards of education and schools with the additional funds needed to appropriately address concerns

Media Release: BCSTA Response to the 2018 Provincial Budget

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[Vancouver, B.C. – February 20, 2018] Today’s provincial budget appears to have delivered a stable year ahead for British Columbia’s sixty public school districts, along with some significant improvements in funding for future capital construction projects. The British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) recognizes the importance of balanced budgets for our province, but supports increased

Media Release: BCSTA Responds to B.C. Government’s Throne Speech

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[Vancouver, B.C. – February 14, 2018] On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the government’s speech from the throne highlighted the need for British Columbia to invest in our children and youth. To quote from the speech: “Education is the great equalizer. From young students eager to learn, to adults training to earn the skills they need to

Media Release: BCSTA Supports Chilliwack School District’s Decision

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[Vancouver – January 19, 2018] In response to the media statement from the Chilliwack School Board today calling for the resignation of a trustee from their board, BCSTA President Gordon Swan shared the following statement. “As trustees, we take an oath ‘not to allow any private interest to influence my conduct in public matters’ and

Media Release: BCSTA Statement on Barry Neufeld’s Comments About SOGI Policies

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[Vancouver – October 24, 2017] Please see below a statement from BCSTA President Gordon Swan on Barry Neufeld’s Facebook post regarding SOGI policies and initiatives: “BCSTA does not support, nor agree with the position taken by Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld. Our Association strongly believes that schools need to be safe and welcoming places for ALL