BCSTA’s board of directors is deeply disappointed that Premier François Legault’s government has invoked closure on Bill 40 to abolish boards of education in Quebec. Bill 40 removes local representation and accountability from Quebec’s public-school system, leaving students and their caregivers without representation at their local school.
We’re grateful that the government of British Columbia understands the importance of local representation in education and is committed to keeping the public involved in public education through locally elected trustees and boards of education. The elimination of boards of education compromises a community’s ability to ensure local priorities and values are reflected in the daily operations of the school system. A robust public education system is the most important asset in ensuring a strong and vibrant democracy and it is only possible with local representation.
Local representation in education makes a difference when it comes to student achievement. Studies across North America have confirmed that well-governed boards of education have a significant positive effect on student achievement. Our member boards are an essential part of our democratic system, ensuring local community needs are served through local representation and advocacy.
This statement was updated February 7, 2020