The Coalition of Progressive Electors is calling for a public meeting with all Vancouver MLAs (including Premier Clark and Opposition Leader Dix) and with the Minister of Education to discuss the crisis in Adult Education funding. The provincial government has recently announced changes that could result in the School Board losing up to 50% of the funds it gets from Victoria to run adult education programs.
“This is a crisis for our students. They have begun sharing sincere ‘impact statements’ regarding the unilateral revisions by the province,” said COPE School Trustee Allan Wong. “The Premier claims her government is committed to students and their families, but these changes will make it much harder for the most vulnerable in our community to improve their lives and their families’ lives.”
Wong wants a public meeting, jointly organized with adult education students and their teachers and administrators, to explain to the Vancouver MLAs the dramatic impact these cuts will have.
“Adult Education classes are a chance for those who have had the least success in the school system and in the job market to upgrade and begin to become more successful,” Wong added. “Why would we be limiting their opportunities at a time when education can make such a difference for them?”
Wong hopes for unanimous support for COPE’s initiative from other School Board trustees so the meeting can take place before the end of the school year.
For more information contact:
Alan Wong 604-3455822