Provincial Government Intervenes in VSB Decision

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The B.C. government, not the Vancouver board of education, selected a school in Premier Gordon Campbell’s riding for special treatment under a $30-million project unveiled this month, the board chairman admitted Sunday. But Clarence Hansen said he supports the government’s choice, even though some parents are angry over what appears to be political favouritism.

No politics? Then explain this:

Hansen said General Gordon “isn’t the one we would have picked” for the pilot but added that parents earned that right through their aggressive lobbying and creative ideas.

That’s interesting, as it has been abundantly clear that Committee II did not support in any way shape or form the aggressive lobbying and creative ideas the Gordon parents were putting forth. If anything such creativity was going to slow down the Gordon project from ever getting approval.

On Cross-boundary Enrolments

Frances Bula on the “Highlights of the NPA day”

In response to public comments by two school board candidates:

On the east-side exodus: candidates and commentators need to do a thorough job of studying the actual data. I have and, the situation is not a tidal wave of students flooding west. Is there cross boundary movement? Yes, there is. Is it a massive move from the depths of the poorest to the heights of the richest area schools? No, it is not.

However, the simplicity of blaming west-side for east side woes is compelling for those commentators not interested in the complexities of reality. Please keep in mind that much of this east/west so-called conflict is a serious error in perception not supported in real terms as there is no monolithic ‘west-side’ -there are pockets of wealth such as around Dunbar Heights, areas of West Point Grey, Shaunessy, SW Marine Drive, but in today’s Vancouver they are isolates and do not define an entire area).

To get a sense of what is actually happening a couple things have to be understood. First, there are district programs that draw directly from a cross-district student population. These programs, like French Immersion, High School Mini-Schools, International Baccalaureate, Alternative Education programs (Total and Ideal or Bing Satellite, for example), Montessori, Special Ed (Access, GLD, ELAC, for example). These programs pull from a wide area of the district. For some schools, Like Churchill and Kitsilano Secondaries cross boundary can be a high proportion of the overall student population. These are, in fact only one portion of total cross-boundary enrolments.

The second category is from one regular program to another regular program. On this score the Vancouver School Board data shows that if a student moves boundaries the move is typically from home school to a school whose’ catchment is adjoin the home school. This is not a major east to west drain.

Many of the readers of this blog will likely find the complexities and details more then they asked for. But it seems to me that people should inform themselves of the reality and the real evidence before making blind statements based upon their assumptions and misconceptions. Consider the follow data sheets from the UBC/UEL area to get a sense of some of the complexity of movement. Download special needs and ESL student data. Download UBC/UEL student data.

One other thing – there is another series element of cross-boundary enrolment that is being overlook and downplayed in this east-to-west- claim; it’s the west-to-east forced movement of several hundred children from the University area. Since we are not part of Vancouver proper we do seem to get ignored. But for about half a decade a growing problem of under-capacity in our local schools has led to hundreds of children of elementary level being bussed to schools more than 10 kilometers away. At the high school level this is contributing to overcrowding at nearby Byng Secondary where students will likely soon find themselves being forced further east again.

Last year, partly in jest, I suggested that high school students should be shipped east in order to solve the overcrowding at U Hill Secondary. Who knows, perhaps we will start to see happen because there is not immediate solution.

NPA Trustee Candidate Laments the mythic East-side exedus

Highlights of the NPA day

Lakhbir Singh, the doctor running for school board, lamented the exodus of east-side kids to west-side schools. He blamed the Fraser Institute, in part, for its ratings that make people think east-side schools aren’t as good. But he knows they are, because he went to east-side schools and he didn’t become a drug dealer. Instead, he became a doctor and worked with the Canadian Navy. (That sensitivity about east/west schools seems to be a theme for certain candidates. Narinder Chhina, who’s competing for a Vision school board nomination, also talked about the east-side exodus at the Vision meeting last week and suggested banning cross-boundary enrolment, a proposal that provoked internal gasps from certain members of the audience who realized the revolution that would provoke among Vancouver parents.)

See an earlier comment I made on cross-boundary enrolments.

NPA School Board Candidates

The NPA seems to be running six or seven candidates for school board. It is a bit puzzling that the NPA is not able to find a full slate at this late date. I suspect that, unless they are intentionally planning to run a short slate, they will manage to put some bodies into the remaining two or three slots before the close of the nomination period. Here’s a review of what is being said online about the situation.

How many NPA school-board candidates?

It’s a bit confusing, since the news release that went out this afternoon listed newcomer Joanne Pulis as the party’s seventh candidate. That’s in addition to veterans Clarence Hansen, Carol Gibson, and Ken Denike, along with first-timers Heather Holden, Lakhbir Singh and Sophia Woo. But then I was told by a couple of people that Joanne may have to withdraw because of a family issue. She was not at the meeting. So now I’m not sure. Stay tuned.

NPA nominates more candidates

Three candidates were nominated to run for the Vancouver School Board: Heather Holden, Joanne Pulis and Lakhbir Singh.

Four candidates were nominated in June: school trustees Ken Denike, Carol Gibson and Clarence Hansen were renominated, along with Sophia Woo.

NPA council slate includes five women and a gay man :: The Hook

For School Board: Ken Denike, Carol Gibson, Clarence Hansen, park-board commissioner Heather Holden, Lakhbir Singh, Sophia Woo, and Joanne Pulis.

Local News Story

Heather Holden, Joanne Pulis and Lakhbir Singh round out School Board.

24 Hours Vancouver

NPA is for now also short three candidates for the traditional nine spots on the school board slate.

News1130 – ALL NEWS RADIO.

three new NPA candidates are running for the Vancouver School Board: Heather Holden, Joanne Pulis and Lakhbir Singh. Current trustees Carol Gibson, Clarence Hansen and Ken Denike were re-nominated in June, along with Sophia Woo.

Non-Partisan Association announces full list of candidates

School board candidates include Heather Holden, Joanne Pulis, Lakhbir Singh, Ken Denike, Carol Gibson, Clarence Hansen and Sophia Woo.

Who is the seventh NPA School Board Pick?

Having never heard of nor having never previously met the named 7th school board pick here are some possibilities as to Ms. Pulis’ identity. Please note that as with all web-based searches the information should not be considered accurate unless independently verified. Nonetheless, if this is the NPA candidate I do feel a bit concerned about their approach to school board issues.

CGA-BC Announces President and Board of Governors For 2007

Joanne Pulis, CGA, has been on the CGA-BC Board since 2004. She is a management consultant based in Richmond.


Pay Less Tax CGA Richmond Chapter 2004

“This seminar is of interest to all as it brings to light monetary opportunities for persons with disabilities and their families”

Joanne Pulis, CGA

Prayer Circle For Whales and Dolphins: Page 2
A Joanne Pulis of Richmond BC, is listed as a member of the prayer circle for whales etc which is described on the main page as follows: “From a mystical point of view, whales and dolphins, both members of the cetacean race, are said to have come from the Syrian system. They carry the living records of perfect harmony and balance, and work to hold the oceanic grids of the planet. Whales in particular hold a very powerful vibration of love and peace; they hold an expansive state of consciousness, which they emit into the waters of mother earth. All our cetacean friends are here to share their advanced consciousness and wisdom with us.”