The Vancouver School Board must stand up to Victoria

    VANCOUVER, April 17 /CNW/ - The Vancouver School Board needs to stop
looking at places to cut services to students and start standing up to
Victoria, according to CUPE Local 15, whose members include over 1,400 support
workers in School District 39.
    CUPE 15 president Paul Faoro says that fair funding from the B.C.
government is the major solution to budget woes facing School District 39. "It
is unfair to students and parents to cut services while more than $3 million
in holdback funds specifically for the Vancouver School District sit in
Victoria. These provincial funds, which are committed to the District in
2007-08, cannot be relied upon because the province reneged on releasing
similar funds to us this year," says Faoro.
    "Trustees should be making vigorous and public efforts to get Victoria to
commit that this year's failure to deliver "holdback" funds does not happen
again in 2007/08."
    Faoro also calls on school trustees to use the district's uncommitted
Local Capital Reserve of $4.3 million to maintain services to students in the
    CUPE 15 is responding to the Vancouver School Board 2007/08 preliminary
budget proposals. The VSB's proposed budget predicts a shortfall of
$5.82 million, resulting in significant cuts to teachers and front line
support staff. Consultations on the preliminary school district operating
budget will continue over the next while, with a final budget to be submitted
to the Minister of Education by June 30.
    Faoro will be attending a public consultation on the budget tonight at
the Vancouver School Board's Education Centre boardroom.
    CUPE 15 will be working with parents, teachers and the community over the
next weeks to ensure that Vancouver area MLAs and the Education Minister get
the message that the district needs proper funding.

For further information:

For further information: CUPE 15 President Paul Faoro, (604) 879-4671
(office), (604) 202-1829 (cell)

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