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BC Election 2017 - Inclusive Education

Our Vision

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

Why it’s important

Research demonstrates that all students benefit from inclusive education. But more students with special needs have found their needs unmet 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 for education privately, often in poorly-supervised, segregated “special education” programs. Independent school enrollment for students with special needs has tripled since 2010.

What we need

INVESTMENT IN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS: Sufficient Provincial investment to fully implement the 2016 Supreme Court decision, which requires the restoration of special education teachers and other resources that have been lost since 2002.

PROVINCIAL LEADERSHIP & COLLABORATION: The Education Ministry should engage all education partners to guide the work of rebuilding strong, inclusive public schools. This includes promoting a culture of inclusion, professional capacity, leadership and accountability to ensure that all students truly belong and are empowered to achieve their potential in inclusive schools and classrooms.

REVERSE SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOL POLICY: Halt approval of any new special education schools and refocus public resources on rebuilding specialized capacity in inclusive public schools, so that they can support all students with special needs appropriately.

Question to candidates

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

If elected, will you support a new provincial collaborative process to guide the rebuilding of strong, inclusive public schools?

If elected, will you reverse the current policy supporting segregated special education schools and ensure appropriate expertise is developed instead within inclusive public schools?




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