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NEWS RELEASE · 10th September 2010
BC NDP Caucus
New Democrat leader Carole James today highlighted the need for stability and long-term planning to begin addressing the challenges facing the K-12 education system.

James spoke at an event with parents in Kamloops today to highlight the crisis in rural education.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve travelled the province speaking with our partners in education about what steps we can take to strengthen education and learning. And I heard from parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and boards of education from across B.C. that stability, certainty and long-term planning are critical first steps,” said James.

“Here in Kamloops, it’s no different. Rural families here are bearing the brunt of the B.C. Liberal government’s mismanagement and short-sighted cuts. Parents are being forced to choose between bussing their children more than an hour each way, or keep their rural school but without key resources like a principal, librarian and support staff. It’s a no-win situation."

James added that the provincial government's downloading of unfunded costs is having a direct impact on kids and their education. Whether it's the cancellation of annual facilities grants or downloading of new costs like higher hydro rates and MSP premiums, B.C.'s kids are paying the price.

“What B.C. needs is a government that’s prepared to make education a priority and work with boards of education to ensure they have the ability to meet the needs of B.C. students, no matter where they live.”
Conflict of interest?
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 15th September 2010
Was Linda Brown and Seungbum Yoo friends prior to the arrangement?

After doing a Freedom of information request for job description, job posting and job tenders I was told "no records exist"

Is it fair that Linda Brown is the secretary treasurer and at the same time handles freedom of information requests?
That's a mixture of administration and finance - how convenient.

Did TLC have a business license?

Is there or is there not a conflict of interest?
School District
Comment by Polski Soldat on 12th September 2010
I'd like to know why the secretary treasurer Linda Brown walked off her job at the school district and if she's still being paid, why the former contractor IT boss from TLC computers is suing the school district, and what the final outcome was of that whole debacle including the massive waste of taxpayer dollars incurred. Merv, we need a followup story!
Check out Khan Academy
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 10th September 2010
http://www.khanacademy.org/

A brilliant resource for tutoring people of all ages, from 1+1 to Calculus.

Physic, Biology and other subjects included too.
Bill gates has his kids using it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A07Pj71TUA

All for free!