We are currently facing two pivotal moments in public education in British Columbia.
Firstly, we have just ended a lengthy strike that will bring five years of labour stability and an opportunity to rebuild relationships and strengthen our education system. Over the past several months there has been a focus on what was wrong with the system rather than what is right. Now is the time to shift that focus back to what we all have in common – success for students. British Columbia has one of the best education systems in the world because of fabulous teachers, administrators and support staff. Yes, there are still challenges to overcome. There will always be a need for increased funding and staffing. But our education system should not be defined by the challenges. It should be defined by our willingness and ability to work together to overcome them. Success is a team effort and it is now time for us to once again work together as a team.
The second pivotal moment will occur on November 15, the date of local trustee and municipal elections in British Columbia. On this day you will have an opportunity to elect the women and men who will lead and oversee public education in your community. School trustees working in their communities with education partners and parents provide focus and direction to help realize the educational aspirations of students throughout the province. Public education is everyone’s business. It is the engine that will determine the success of our province. Our future employees, leaders, parents and citizens will come from today’s classrooms. November 15 is your opportunity to select the individuals in your community who will advocate for that future, and who will determine the directions to guide this critical public investment.
Public education is always exciting and challenging in British Columbia. When I see students in our classrooms supported by dedicated teachers, administrators support staff, and trustees, I see the future.
Working together with a clear focus on what is best for student ensures that the future will be bright.
President, British Columbia School Trustees Association