This is a powerful message from Kim McLeod, originally shared on her public Facebook page. Please read and share widely.
For two weeks in April, the BC Parents of Special Needs Kids – Action for Equitable Access to Education group invited parents and caregivers from across the Province to share their thoughts on public education. The survey was targeted towards parents/caregivers who currently have children who experience extra support needs attending public school, as well … More Survey Results
May 11, 2016 North Okanagan / Shuswap Board of Education: RE: “Students who attend alternate education programs are often the most vulnerable population in the school system.” – BC Government I am writing in regards to the alternate learning programs slated for closure. I am writing as a Parent of a child in Public School … More Open Letter to North Okanagan/Shuswap Board of Education
The BC Parents of Special Needs Children – Action for Equitable Access to Education is doing a follow up on the Forced Out report from one year ago. If you are a parent who has a child/children with extra learning support needs in British Columbia, we would love for you to take this short survey. … More Public Education Survey
Author: Cathie Camley Ministry policy requires that Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) be reviewed annually. This usually happens towards the end of the school year. It is important for parents to be involved in the annual review in my humble opinion. Not only is the IEP reviewed to identify successes and what “next steps” should be … More Getting Ready for a New School Year – Spring is the Time to Prepare
March 18, 2016 Dear Trustees, Abbotsford School District Board of Education It has come to the attention of the Abbotsford Parents Action Group that the District of North Vancouver has submitted a motion for the creation of a regulatory body to oversee Education Assistants in the Province in British Columbia, to be voted on at … More Open Letter to Abbotsford School District Trustees
Author: Cathie Camley There was a time when there was a sharp divide between those advocating for kids with high incidence disabilities and those kids with low incidence disabilities. Those families who had children in segregated settings fought long and hard to have their children included in regular education classrooms. With a dedicated effort they … More Equitable Access for All
Dear Kootenay-Columbia Board of School Trustees, We, the members of Parents of Special Needs Children –Equitable Access to Education, wish to acknowledge and thank the Kootenay-Columbia School District’s laudable decision not to remove students from their special education programs. We whole-heartedly support the Board Chair, Mr. Ganzert’s, opinion that, “The entire funding issue in the … More Open Letter to Kootenay-Columbia Board of School Trustees
A group of parents from the community of Abbotsford have come together to create a local extension of our Provincial action group with the intent on raising awareness and advocating for students who have extra learning support needs. They have written an open letter to the Abbotsford Board of Education and Abbotsford School District, and … More Open Letter to Abbotsford School District
It has been less than one week since we launched the BC Parents of Special Needs Children – Action for Equitable Access to Education website. We are incredibly grateful for the support and interest our advocacy group has received from parents, educators and the media. A common question that has been raised is “who are you … More Who Are We Advocating For?