“2017 wasn’t a great year for the Vancouver School Board, given the instability among senior leaders, the inability of the district to hire enough teachers to fulfil the reinstated contract and the inanity of the reports finding bullying by trustees of board staff.
But there were bright spots — the election of an NDP government brought with it promises of more funding, the byelection restored democratic accountability and the money provided by the teachers’ contract eliminated an expected $12-million shortfall.”
“Teens stand in a line, poised and ready to run. Their partners sit cross-legged on the grass nearby with pencils and marking sheets in hand, ready to jot down the runners’ times the next six times they pass them.
This is the third time this school year the students will be participating in this activity—a timed six laps around the running track—as part of their fitness and physical-health evaluation.”
“Last year my daughter began kindergarten in Vancouver. While she was naturally nervous and excited about her first day, I was equally nervous and excited since I had not stepped foot in an elementary school in many years. I was incredibly impressed at the professionalism and skill of her kindergarten teacher, the principal, and other staff who were there to support her. I was also impressed by the level of parent engagement at the school and the sense of community.”