Letter to the editor 5, March 26, 2015
Bill 88 (An Act to amend the Education Act and other legislative provisions) was enacted with the hope of making school boards more accessible and accountable to parents. Parents can be informed and involved and help shape their children’s schools.
Now that the bill is law it is interesting to see if it is having any positive effect. We now have four parent commissioners on council but unfortunately they are severely limited because they do not have the right to vote. I am not sure a commissioner can be called that if they cannot vote on anything. Sure they can voice the opinions of parents but at school boards where parent questions and options are limited with time limits and such, this can only go so far.
At the Lester B Pearson School Board, the Central Parents Committee is run by one of the teachers at the school board. I am not sure how this can even be called a ‘parents committee’ and wonder whose interests are being looked after.
I think a parent would be capable of running this committee.
Regarding Bill 88, so far I am not very optimistic.