Tuesday, May 3

#BCEDINRED Campaign

Join FACE (Families Against Cuts to Education) and PAN (Parent Advocacy Network) and Spread the Word: BC Education is in the Black but Education is in the Red! #BCEDINRED

Chronic provincial underfunding of public education means that many, if not most, of the 60 school districts in BC are facing shortfalls as they prepare their budgets for 2016-17. By law, the districts must balance their budgets, so this means cuts are being planned throughout the province: Programs, services and entire schools are on the chopping block. As of April 27, 2016) there are 27 districts with a combined $77.17 million shortfall and this list is growing daily! 

Email facebc.vancouver@gmail.com with shortfall information about your district so we can keep track of all shortfalls - Thanks.

We encourage you to SHARE and SPREAD the word with the images below to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and any other social media network you're on. Include the hashtag #BCEDINRED - encourage your friends, parents, school communities to share as well. We are also using this hashtag to spread the word about wearing red on the day the budget is voted on in the BC Legislature (exact date is unknown; we will update you).




 More You Can Do:
  1. Use the FACE quick and easy email tool to write to your MLA and the Minister of Education about these shortfalls.
  2. Tweet about these shortfalls and the shortfall in your district using the hashtag #BCEDINRED
  3. Wear RED on the day the budget is voted on in the BC Legislature (exact date is unknown; we will update you).
  4. Make Public Education Funding an issue in the 2017 Provincial Elections. Ask all the candidates in your riding what they will do to address the underfunding of public education. 
  5. Push all the parties to make education a priority again. Click here for some questions you can ask.
Youth in BC - What are they facing? 

The Tyee is doing a series, and needs parent/guardian input:

Katie Hyslop, a journalist with The Tyee, is looking for parents' & guardians' thoughts on what issues their youth (age range 10-24) will be facing as they grow up in BC and how they feel about those issues. For example: Are they concerned about the cost of tuition? The environment? The future of education? Whether they can afford a house? How does this impact their plans for the rest of their lives? Their immediate futures? 

She is looking to capture what youth today are concerned with, in regards to the future of our province. She would love to hear from you all! You can choose to be on record or off the record. Contact Katie Hyslop at khyslop@thetyee.ca

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