Petitioning Honourable Rob Fleming

Public money for public schools in BC

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For most of its history the Government of British Columbia acted in accordance with the rule "public money for public schools, private money for private schools" and resisted calls for any funding for independent schools. The undersigned urge the government to return to this policy and cease forthwith providing any funds to independent schools and amend the Independent School Act and any other relevant legislation accordingly as separate or independent schools are fundamentally undemocratic and serve primarily to accentuate wealth and religious and class divisions within society. 

Repeatedly, insistently, the public express own dissatisfaction. M. Brackenbury, among many others, wrote recently: "...a good part of public  tax dollars go to support exclusionary private education in B.C. I fail to see how funding private schools serves the public good ...I spent my teaching career in the public-school system. I'm very impressed by B.C's public-school system and how it meets its students' diverse needs. ...Send your children to private schools if you must, but be prepared to foot the entire bill." (Times Colonist, August 11, 2017). B.C. now spends the second lowest amount on our children's schooling of any province. The recent policy of under-supporting the public school system has done great harm to it.

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