You have found a community of public education advocates dedicated to stopping yet another year of funding cuts to British Columbia’s public schools.
This website is intended to a be resource to help BC parents and public education advocates stand together and send a strong message to our MLAs and provincial government that our public school students cannot afford another devastating round of budget cuts.
Here you will find:
- actions and events in communities throughout BC – Look for a page link for your district or area of concern. If you don’t see what you are looking for contact us and we’ll start a page.
- news about public education funding in BC – Please send us links to news stories/reports/media releases about what’s happening in your school district.
- advocacy resources including studies, organizing and other communications tools – Do you have a resource to share? Send it in!
Mea culpa: As site hosts, we’re both busy working moms doing this in our spare time, so we apologize that things sometimes get way out of date. You’ll also notice that older news links may no longer work (as news organizations clear out their archives). But we try to include extracts to provide a sense of what it was about, and we’re reluctant to delete the important historical record that’s building up on these pages as we track the struggles, locally and provincially, in the face of provincial underfunding of public education.
You’re invited: We encourage visitors to recommend interesting links to local and provincial news, upcoming events, etc or to join/ start a conversation about public education on the blog page of this site here.
A new feature: We introduce a new “featured SOS campaign” on our main page to highlight the amazing grassroots initiatives happening all around the province, and to help build support especially for the many small rural communities fighting to save their public schools, far from the attention of media and political leaders who tend not to look too far past Victoria and Vancouver!
We think our first feature is apt. It’s a compelling video produced by Rossland senior student Maddie Snelgrove, who in so many ways personifies and demonstrates the importance of investing in public education and especially small rural schools.
Helesia and Dawn
Rossland families, students and educators are rallying to save their local high school – again! – in Spring 2011, as the local board struggles with severe budget challenges. Here is their campaign website.
And here’s the amazing video produced in 2010 by RSS student Maddie Snelgrove, who graduates in the spring 0f 2011.