Media Releases

Media releases are distributed to newspapers and media organizations across the province. They provide up-to-date information on BCSTA positions and responses to current events in education.

For your convenience, BCSTA’s latest media releases are available below.

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Media Release: BCSTA Pleased After Government’s EHT Announcement

[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

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

[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.

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Media Release: Response to Playground Equipment Program Announcement

[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

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Media Release: BCSTA Installs New Board of Directors

[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

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Media Release: BCSTA Response to the 2018 Provincial Budget

[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

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

[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

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Media Release: BCSTA Supports Chilliwack School District’s Decision

[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

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

[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

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Media Release: BCSTA Responds to New Government’s First Budget

[Vancouver, B.C. – September 12, 2017] BCSTA was generally pleased with the September budget update offered by Finance Minister Carole James on behalf of BC’s new government. While the allocation of funding towards public education was generally well-received by BCSTA representatives in attendance, the organization noted that it will continue to maintain its focus on the fulfilment of election promises in

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Media Release: BCSTA Responds to Vancouver School Board By-Election Announcement

[Vancouver, B.C. – August 3, 2017] The British Columbia School Trustees Association commends BC Minister of Education, Rob Fleming for his recent announcement which will see the return of a democratically elected board to the Vancouver School District by way of a by-election, taking place on October 14, 2017.  The Vancouver School Board recently rejoined the BCSTA as

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Media Release: BCSTA Installs New Board of Directors

[Richmond B.C. – April 22, 2017] The British Columbia School Trustees Association held their 113th Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel at Richmond, B.C. At the AGM’s business session on April 22, 2017, the membership voted for the 2017-18 Board of Directors: President: Gordon Swan, SD58 (Nicola-Similkameen) Vice-President: Stephanie Higginson, SD68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) Past President: Teresa Rezansoff,

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Media Release: BCSTA Celebrates Education Week 2017

[Vancouver, B.C. – March 10, 2017] The B.C. Ministry of Education has designated March 6-10, 2017 as Education Week. In response to this announcement, the B.C. School Trustees Association is highlighting several success stories that celebrate K-12 public education in the province. The stories are as follows: Student refugees make a new start in Abbotsford schools Bulkley Valley

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Media Release: BCSTA Pleased BC Budget Speaks to the Importance of Public Education

[Victoria, B.C. – February 21, 2017] The announcement today of $740 million additional dollars for K-12 education over the next three years is a significant step toward meeting the overall needs of B.C.’s students and schools. BCSTA was pleased to hear from Minister of Finance Mike de Jong that education is “the single most important service government operates

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Media Release: BCSTA Pleased with $50 Million to Fund Priority Measures in School Districts

[Vancouver, B.C. – January 5, 2017] Teresa Rezansoff, President of the British Columbia School Trustee’s Association, is supportive of today’s announcement that $50 million be allocated to BC school districts this January. The action is a first response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling this past December in favour of the BC Teachers’ Federation.  “Although these funds