The VSB has been engaged in a political fight with the Liberal government for years now, and has not only refused to make decisions it needed to take for the efficient operation of its school district, but has knowingly broken the law by not submitting a balanced budget as required by law.
It wasn’t a lot of fun at the time, but other districts, like the Kamloops Thompson, did make the hard decisions consolidating schools and closing others in the face of declining enrolment.
Painful and disruptive as it was, the decisions were necessary, and at the end of the day, student education did not suffer.
It would be patently unfair to have one part of the province endure the necessary hardship, and offer concessions to another.
Beyond that failing, labour relations within the VSB had hit the floor, with at one point virtually all senior administrators calling in sick.
Long story short, there can’t be separate rules for the other school districts and something different for Vancouver. Just because trustees are democratically elected doesn’t mean they can ignore the regulations they are supposed to be governed by.
This entire crisis is one that’s been manufactured by school trustees who are more interested in politics than in the welfare of the students they pretend to represent.
So shed no tears for Vancouver trustees who manufactured this crisis, and got exactly what they deserved.
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