Status Check on Rural Education

Year
2018
Category
Education
NCLGA Ref#
B7

Details

WHEREAS as approximately one third of British Columbia students attend rural schools, defined as being in communities outside of Greater Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and Kelowna, with a population of less than 15,000;

AND WHEREAS the Ministry of Education solicited input from parents, teachers, and the public at large in 2016 as part of a ‘Status Check on Rural Education” seeking feedback to inform a rural education strategy to guide rural education and planning for the future:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM request that Premier John Horgan direct the Ministry of Education to publicly release the results of that Status Check on Rural Education in the form of an unredacted report on the findings and to actively pursue any recommendations made toward the creation of a rural education strategy which places priority on availability of affordable transportation to schools and equality of education available in both rural and urban areas.

 

Responses

UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not specifically asked for the public “release the results of that Status Check on Rural Education in the form of an unredacted report on the findings and to actively pursue any recommendations made toward the creation of a rural education strategy which places priority on availability of affordable transportation to schools and equality of education available in both rural and urban areas.”

However, UBCM members have endorsed resolutions supporting rural schools, equal access to public education and ensuring that funding and supports such as transportation are in place to support students and families. (2017-B119, 2017-B47, 2017-B119, 2013-B50, 2013-B51, 2007-B162, 2006-B165, 2005-B157, 2004-B94, 2003-B36, 2002-LR2, 2000-B109, 1999-B96).

Most recently members endorsed 2017-B119 which requested that the Ministry of Education consult with affected stakeholders to make clear definitions of rural and remote, identifying the significant difference between lower mainland rural and remoteness with northern rural and remoteness and that the Ministry of Education provide all required funding to bus eligible students to and from school, because all rural and remote students must have equal access to public education.

 

 

 

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