What’s old is “new” again

With the kids heading back to school next week, we are likely to hear many reminders of the BC government’s summer announcement of “new” funding for school bus services. What it is important to remember is that transportation was funded by school districts until the constant demand for cuts forced boards to either cancel bus services or start charging parents for the service.

In fact, the BC government suggested that boards cut transportation services or impose fees in order to meet its demand for $54 million in “administrative savings” in 2015 and 2016.  Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.15.01 PM

To learn more about this and other underfunding issues, come out to the back-to-school Public Education Matters forum hosted by the Parent Advocacy Network on August 31st. If you are not in Vancouver or not able to attend, PAN will have some Facebook Live coverage on its page.

UPDATE: One district, SD 37 (Delta), is eligible for only $42,000 from the “new” funding, which is only a small fraction of the $728,000 that was cut from its budget.