Gordon Campbell gives "demonstration" perk to two schools in his own riding

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Premier Gordon Campbell will be making several
announcements at Queen Mary Elementary School on Wednesday this week. He will
be discussing development of demonstration pilot sites of a community hub
model in three Vancouver schools - two of which are in his own riding. Of the
three schools, Queen Mary and Gordon Elementary Schools are in Gordon
Campbell's riding, and Strathcona is also in a politically senstitive area for
the BC Liberals.
    "We need to acknowledge the amazing advocacy work done by parents and
community in those neighbourhoods to push for adequate school facilities,"
says Glen Hansman, President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers'
    "But the Premier needs to ensure all schools and communities end up with
buildings that actually meet community needs, not just those in politically
sensitive ridings," Glen Hansman continues.
    "The community school model in Vancouver was dismantled several years ago
because of resource cut-backs," points out Glen Hansman. "It's disengenous to
be seeking accolades now to be only partially restoring what was a thriving
program found across Vancouver that died because of underfunding."
    "The premier refuses to tackle the real issue that is at the heart of the
problem facing all school districts and all schools in this province - the
fact that they continue to be underfunded during an era of record-breaking
provincial surplusses," argues Glen Hansman. "Seismic upgrading projects for
schools are not happening at a reasonable rate, putting students and staff at
risk. Student needs continue to be unmet as school districts grapple with
budgets that are simply too tight."

    VESTA is local 391 of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation, and
represents the elementary teachers and adult educators in Vancouver.

For further information:

For further information: Glen Hansman, President, at (604) 813-5318
(cell), (604) 873-8378 (office), or glen@vesta.ca

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