College of the Rockies, in Cranbrook, set up a photo booth and asked people to share why ABE is important to them. Here’s the link:
Monday, May 4th was a milestone event in efforts to re-instate tuition-free ABE in BC. As members of the Legislature debated the issues, NDP MLAs led the debate – their points resonating and meeting with applause from the thousands of ABE students around the province watching via live webcast.
Kathy Corrigan – NDP, Burnaby – Deer Lake
Rob Fleming – NDP, Victoria – Swan Lake
Jane Shin – NDP, Burnaby – Lougheed
Harry Bains – NDP, Surrey – Newton
Katrine Conroy – Kootenay West
Shane Simpson – Vancouver – Hastings
The BC Liberals stuck to their talking points; however, these NDP MLAs made clear on the issues, among them that a high school diploma for adults is not “still” free in the K-12 system. Rather, these adult programs in the K-12 system are either non-existent in many jurisdictions or are in the process of being cut from school board budgets due to steep reductions in funding.
To read more, link to Hansard (11:00 – 12:00) period.
This ABE backgrounder was created to support today’s motion in the legislature to restore funding to Adult Education in Briish Columbia. How is the new ABE policy working? Why is ABE so important to our public education system and what do we lose when we lose ABE?? Charging high tuition fees for a basic education qualification may be another step on the road to privatized education for all. ABE backgrounder final May 1 6pmdoc
On Monday, May 4th, the Official Opposition will table a motion for debate in the Legislature opposing the re-instatement of tuition fees for Adult Basic Education. The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators is sending a delegation to Victoria to hear the debate from the Visitor’s Gallery. The opposition Critic on Advanced Education, Burnaby MLA Kathy Corrigan, will be referencing the thousands of faculty and students throughout the Province who will be viewing the debate via live webcast.
Here is the link to the webcast. Plan to assemble and link to the site about 10 minutes before the start time of 11 am.
Let FPSE know that your group will be in on the webcast.