Parents upset with cuts to public education in this year’s provincial budget are rallying at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Jennifer Stewart of FACE – the parents group organizing the rally – says B.C. is moving to a system that forces schools to fundraise to survive.
“It shouldn’t depend on the neighbourhood that you live in, nor should it depend on your parents ability to fundraise or your principal’s ability to fundraise – education is not a charity it is an investment in the future and we need to treat it as such.”
Also on the list were a laundry list of other concerns.
“Proper seismic upgrades so that they don’t die.”
“You know, there’s known increases that happen that the government isn’t funding – you know the hydro goes up by 9 percent, there’s other kinds of increases that happen.”
“We are donating tens of thousands of dollars, and this is in a lower income school.”
Demonstrators say cuts to school operating budgets and capital funding don’t make sense in the face of a provincial surplus of $800-million.
Many also say they’re worried about their children’s safety in schools – with seismic upgrades being pushed back to 2030.
Similar rallies are taking place in cities around the province.