Vancouver school district's continuing education program faces termination“The future is uncertain for the Vancouver school district’s continuing education program, which charges tuition for a range of special-interest courses for adults but has been losing money each year for the last five years.”

CAD_MoneyThis article in the Vancouver Sun reports that 142 jobs are being cut to make up for a $12.1-million projected operating deficit in School District 43′s 2013/2014 school year.  This represents a 6% staff cut amounting to: “cutting 81 teachers, 19 teacher assistants/special education assistants/youth workers along with 32 clerical/custodial/IT and facilities positions and 10 from administration.”

Other changes also being proposed are enlarging class sizes and cutting back on various class activities. 

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The refurbished main floor at Koerner Library. Photo credit: Martin Dee.

The transformation of UBC Library is examined in a feature article in the Ubyssey. The article, entitled “Turning a Page: the changing role of the university library,” examines issues including electronic resources, digitization, collections management, space and budgetary issues, and more. Interview subjects include David Farrar, UBC’s Provost and Vice President Academic; Ingrid Parent, University Librarian; Jo Anne Newyear Ramirez, Associate University Librarian, Collections Management; and Allan Bell, Director of Library Digital Initiatives.


Read Janet Steffenhagen’s comments on the Ministry of Education’s re-assessment of grades K-12 education. 

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Vancouver Sun article by Janet Steffenhagen, August 21, 2012. 11:11 am • Section: Report Card

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Read the latest news on the B.C. Teacher’s labour dispute and walkout  from The Vancouver Sun online news source. 

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Original source article here.

By Kim Nursall and The Canadian Press, THE CANADIAN PRESS June 29, 2012

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Read the latest news on B.C. teachers’ negotiations and rallies in The Vancouver Sun’s Education News: The Report Card.

Full article here.

by Janet Steffenhagen, June 20, 2012. 12:44 pm • Section: Report Card

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Read the results of three public meetings hosted by the VSB surveying public opinion of the future of Vancouver Schools.

Full Vancouver Sun article here.

By Zoe McKnight, The Vancouver Sun May 27, 2012

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From The Vancouver Sun: Read BCTF president Susan Lambert’s letter to B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association‘s president Jameel Aziz regarding the teachers’ labour dispute in B.C.

Full article here.

Posted by Janet Steffenhangen,   MAY 24, 2012

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Read the latest news on a community meeting about Vancouver school issues from The Vancouver Sun. Community Meeting information here. Meeting is Tuesday, May 15 at Britannia Secondary School.

By Janet Steffenhagen  May 8, 2012. 3:59 pm • Section: Report Card

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See the latest news on education reform, the revision of the school calendar, The School Act, and the response from the BCTF from the Tyee Newspaper The Hook Blog.

Complete The Hook blog article here.

The Tyee Education News here.

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