The Province of B.C. will release a Rural Education Strategy in the summer of 2017, that will address rural education practices and rural education funding.
They are currently seeking community input.
Comments can be made online before January 9, 2017 at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/ruraleducation/
32% of students in B.C. are attending school outside of the Lower Mainland, Kelowna and greater Victoria. This population, attending school in smaller communities, has different needs. Minister of Education Mike Bernier says, "We want to hear how to improve rural education services."
A draft discussion paper will be developed from the feedback. Further comments and community feedback will inform the government's final report on an integrated rural education strategy, including recommendations for the future.
The strategy will aim to find long-term solutions for the unique challenges facing rural school districts and communities, including looking at the important social, cultural and economic roles that schools play in small communities.
The Ministry of Education hopes to finalize the new Rural Education Strategy by the end of the 2016-17 school year.
The SLRD Board will also consider the request for input at its January 25 meeting.
How to Comment
In the meantime, community members can comment in the following ways:
- comment online at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/ruraleducation/
- send an email to Rural.Education@gov.bc.ca
- mail your comments to the Ministry of Education
- stakeholder groups (school boards, local governments, sector associations) can email formal submissions by January 31 4pm to Rural.Education@gov.bc.ca