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Student transitions reach new high; class size remains low

Fri, 2015-04-17 08:30

Class sizes in British Columbia remain low and stable while the number of students successfully moving to the next grade has reached record highs, according to the Ministry of Education’s latest data on class size and grade to grade transitions.

New Aboriginal agreement supports traditions and culture

Mon, 2015-04-13 14:11

Speeches, singing and traditional drumming highlighted a new agreement signing today to support aboriginal student success in the Okanagan Skaha school district (SD 67).

Award-winning school officially opens for Anmore and Port Moody students

Thu, 2015-04-09 19:45

With a lush green slope as the backdrop, families from Port Moody and Anmore gathered today for the official opening of their new $28-million Eagle Mountain Middle school.

Canada’s Aboriginal heritage at heart of enhancement agreement

Thu, 2015-04-09 11:45

The Conseil scolaire francophone (School District 93) marked the signing of their second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement with a banquet that celebrated the tastes of First Nations and French Canadian cuisines featuring wild B.C. salmon and a maple syrup dessert.

Bill 11 to strengthen K-12 accountability, efficiency and professional development

Thu, 2015-03-26 10:20

Bill 11, the Education Statutes Amendment Act (2015) will help school districts reduce overhead costs, establish a modern framework for teacher professional development and put a stronger focus on accountability for student outcomes, Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced today.

Special advisor to proceed with review of board finances

Fri, 2015-03-20 11:15

Under the School Act, Minister of Education Peter Fassbender has directed the Vancouver board of education to allow the special advisor appointed March 12, 2015, Kevin Brennan of Ernst & Young LLP, to complete the duties assigned under that order prior to adopting its budget.

New trades centre prepares students for tomorrow’s jobs

Fri, 2015-03-13 10:10

Training workshops, specialized equipment and lecture areas will give secondary school students hands-on learning opportunities for years to come at the $7.4-million NorKam Trades and Technology Centre, which officially opened today.

Advisor to assist Vancouver Board of Education

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:45

Education Minister Peter Fassbender will appoint an independent special advisor to review, evaluate and make recommendations aimed at helping the recently elected Vancouver Board of Education to balance its budget, reduce overhead and find administrative efficiencies, while protecting and enhancing resources for student instruction.

Seismic upgrades are making students safer

Wed, 2015-03-11 11:30

For more than a decade, government has been making schools safer from earthquakes to protect students and staff. In fact, so far, we’ve spent over $2 billion dollars.

New director joins the Vancouver school district's seismic project office

Wed, 2015-03-04 09:30

Janson Ho has been appointed director of the Vancouver seismic project office, which was created last fall to expedite the Province’s Seismic Mitigation Program in the Vancouver school district (SD 39).

School districts benefit from energy-savings funding

Tue, 2015-03-03 16:00

Twenty-four B.C. school districts are sharing $5 million for energy projects like lighting upgrades, boiler replacements, solar panels and electric vehicles under the Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP).

More funding for classrooms and teaching, not for administration and accounting

Thu, 2015-02-26 16:25

British Columbia has one of the best education systems in the world – our students consistently rank near the top in international assessments.

B.C. students step up to shut down bullying

Wed, 2015-02-25 13:15

The steps of the legislature welcomed the sounds and stories of students taking a stand against bullying as they took part in a Pink Shirt Day variety show today.

Water Sustainability Act protects B.C.’s precious resource

Mon, 2015-02-23 14:31

When it comes into force next year, British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act (WSA) will ensure our water is properly regulated, protected and conserved for future generations. It will do this by, among other things, regulating groundwater for the first time, knowing how much water is being used and ensuring our streams and waterways remain healthy. And in times of drought, the new law allows government to step in to ensure water is first used to preserve human life and food production.

New elementary school opens on first day of Chinese New Year

Thu, 2015-02-19 14:45

It was double-happiness at Mar Jok Elementary school today, as students and staff, along with representatives from the Central Okanagan board of education and the District of West Kelowna, celebrated the official opening of their school on the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Abbotsford weaves Aboriginal culture into second agreement

Tue, 2015-02-17 19:15

After two years of dedicated consultation and dialogue, the Abbotsford school district signed their second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement today.

New Westminster families celebrate the opening of new school

Thu, 2015-02-12 20:15

École Qayqayt Elementary was filled with excited families today as they celebrated two special occasions in their community — the official opening of the new $23.8-million school and their first Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC).

Minister Fassbender’s statement on Safer Internet Day

Mon, 2015-02-09 15:00

Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following statement in recognition of Safer Internet Day:

Feedback to guide direction of scholarships and awards program

Tue, 2015-02-03 10:30

For nearly 30 years, students in B.C. have been able to earn scholarships and awards to help continue their studies beyond high school.

Teachers and students to benefit from new innovation strategy

Thu, 2015-01-29 14:35

A new partnership and strategy will ensure B.C. teachers have greater latitude, support and encouragement to try new, innovative teaching practices, Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced today at the B.C. Focus on Learning forum at the Wosk Center for Dialogue.