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BC Election 2017 - Inclusive Education

Our Vision

An inclusive, publicly funded education system that celebrates and embraces diversity, has the right supports and resources, and provides fair access to lifelong learning.

Why it’s important

Research shows that all students benefit from inclusive education. But more students with special needs are not having their needs met in BC’s public schools. Too many are no longer welcome at their local schools, excluded from regular classes, subjected to restraints or seclusion, or sent home due to a lack of supports. Too many families are forced to pay privately for their own education, which is often in poorly-supervised and segregated. Independent school enrollment for students with special needs has tripled since 2010.

What we need

INVESTMENT IN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS: The 2016 Supreme Court decision requires sufficient provincial investment to fully cover the costs of hiring more special education teachers and other resources lost since 2002.

PROVINCIAL LEADERSHIP & COLLABORATION: The Education Ministry should bring all education partners together to guide the work of rebuilding strong, inclusive public schools. This includes promoting:

  • A culture of inclusion
  • Professional capacity
  • Leadership
  • Accountability

REVERSE SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOL POLICY: Stop approving new special education schools and spend public dollars instead on rebuilding expertise in inclusive public schools so they can support all students.

Question to candidates

If elected, will you support sufficient investment to fully cover costs of the 2016 Supreme Court decision?

If elected, will you support a new provincial process where all parties work together to help rebuild inclusion in strong public schools?

If elected, will you say "no" to segregated special education schools and instead rebuild expertise to support all students in public schools?

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#BCweALLbelong

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