Premier Clark: Respect public consultations - increase BC education funding!

On February 17, 2015, the BC provincial budget will be announced.  In the fall, the government asked for public consultation, and citizens indicated that education is their top priority. In their report, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services noted that evidence indicates current funding is insufficient to cover the operating costs of public education and recommended an increase. Citizens of BC are calling on Premier Clark to do the right thing and remedy the underspending on BC education, especially now, when the province is in a state of budgetary surplus. We cannot afford to continue to erode public education through underspending. Education is the bedrock on which we build our economy, our democracy, our social structures and community values. The more that public education is undermined, the greater the inequities in our society will become.


Dear Premier Clark,

Consultations held by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services indicate that a well-funded public education system is a top priority for British Columbians.  In their Report on Budget 2015 Consultations, the Committee noted evidence that current funding levels are not sufficient to meet rising operating and capital costs; that districts are struggling to meet the growing demands for support for students with special needs and those with minimal English language skills; and that additional resources are required to support new initiatives. They recommended that 2015 education budgets increase to address these deficiencies in spending.  

The urgent concerns of British Columbians are reflected in these recommendations and should be addressed now, at a time when the B.C. government is proudly reporting a budget surplus.


In B.C., we have the second worst per student operational funding in Canada, with spending lagging $988 per student  behind the national average. We cannot afford to continue to erode public education through underspending. Education is the bedrock on which we build our economy, our democracy, our social structures, and community values. The more that public education is undermined, the greater the inequities in our society will become. We call upon you and your government to implement the Committee’s recommendations for increased public education funding, for the good of our children and all British Columbians.

Update #51 years ago
Tomorrow is FACE! Bring your game FACE to Families Against Cuts to Education!

Rallies happening Noon April 12, VANCOUVER Art Gallery * VICTORIA Beacon Hill Park * KELOWNA Parkinson Rec Centre * MAPLE RIDGE Memorial Peace Park * NANAIMO Maffeo Sutton Park.

Paint your face! Bring pots and pans!

If you can't be there, then tweet a message to @FassbenderMLA at Noon. Use the hashtag #FacerallyBC
Update #42 years ago
APRIL 12, at noon, join us for a Provincial Day of Action. Show your FACE - Families Against Cuts to Education. In Vancouver, at the Art Gallery. Please volunteer to organize a rally in your community on April 12. FACE - Vancouver and British Columbia

This petition is still active! The education budget is still being debated in the Legislature and will not be voted on until the spring. Please keep sharing.
Update #32 years ago
Share this petition one more time, please! Feb. 26, before the vote on the 2015 Budget, MLA Jenny Kwan will present the signatures on our non-partisan petition to the Legislature. At 2 pm, Feb. 25, I will print the petition to deliver to her -- let's maximize our numbers! Most people need to be reminded more than once to take action -- even if it's for a cause they believe in. So give your friends a nudge on behalf of public education! Thank you!
Update #22 years ago
Please note, this is a non-partisan petition, intended for all citizens who share a common interest in a well-funded public schools. This petition site allows political ads, but PPEN has no affiliation with any party. We hope that education is an issue that unites, rather than divides, BC. The future of all depends on education. Thank you so much for making your voice heard, and for sharing this petition.
Update #12 years ago
Over 1,000 signatures now - 400 came in yesterday, alone! Thank you for helping to keep the momentum going. I will be talking about this petition in the media on Tuesday, and would love to announce over 2,000 signatures - or more! If you haven't shared yet, please do! Thousands of British Columbians want better education resources for our children. We need every one of them to sign this petition so we can make some noise about the 2015 Budget. Thank you!
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