Misconceptions threaten funding for B.C. independent schools

Removing partial public funding for independent schools based on a series of misconceptions does nothing to improve education

Misconceptions threaten funding for B.C. independent schoolsBy Ben Eisen and Angela MacLeod The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C., April 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Public funding for British Columbia's independent schools needs to be preserved. More than 80,000 children attend independent schools in B.C. The provincial government provides most of the province’s 350 independent schools with grants for each student, worth 35 to…

Independent schools offer choice and quality, not elitism

Discussions about B.C.'s vibrant independent education community should focus on what those schools offer families, not on ill-informed stereotypes

Independent schools offer choice and quality, not elitismBy Jason Clemens and Sasha Parvani The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Mar. 31, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Debate about how best to provide education for British Columbia's children should be front and centre as the province nears a general election. But that debate shouldn't sink to ill-informed stereotypes when the subject of independent schools is raised.…

B.C. tech sector held back by skills shortage

There is a growing mismatch between those still out of work and the vacancies that many employers desperately seek to fill

B.C. tech sector held back by skills shortageVANCOUVER, B.C. March 6, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The B.C. job market is booming. Just ask any of the 11,200 additional people who were employed in January over the month before. But there is still untapped potential for greater job growth. Year over year, employment in British Columbia has been growing at an impressive 3.5 per cent. Canada as…

An education system’s journey to inclusion

One B.C. school district is making huge strides in embracing First Nations culture – and improving outcomes for all students

An education system’s journey to inclusionPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Feb. 16, 2017 /Troy Media/ – In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada for the crimes committed against them in the residential school system. It's sometimes difficult to see where this has made a difference. Canada's aboriginal populations tend to have lower levels of education, lower average income,…

The reality of independent school funding in British Columbia

Reducing or eliminating independent school funding would reduce parental choice, educational diversity, and may lower per student spending in public schools

The reality of independent school funding in British ColumbiaBy Deani Van Pelt and Sazid Hasan The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In British Columbia, the provincial government partially funds independent schools, which are not government-run. Calls for the reduction or elimination of independent school funding, which we often hear at the start of every school year, rest largely…

300,000 reasons why ranking B.C. schools is a valuable activity

Last year alone, about 300,000 parents, teachers, school principals, and others interested in B.C. schools visited the Fraser Institute’s school performance website

300,000 reasons why ranking B.C. schools is a valuable activityVANCOUVER, B.C. Aug. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools is all about comparing schools on the basis of student success. Last year alone, about 300,000 parents, teachers, school principals, and others interested in B.C. schools visited the Fraser Institute’s [popup url="http://britishcolumbia.compareschoolrankings.org/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]school performance website[/popup] and did just…

Independent schools in B.C. run contrary to ‘elitist’ caricature

Contrary to the “elitist” label of private schools, independent schools in B.C. offer diverse approaches to education

Independent schools in B.C. run contrary to ‘elitist’ caricatureBy Deani Van Pelt and Derek J. Allison The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. July 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Many British Columbians likely believe that private schools are exclusively for elite families in major urban centres. This misperception of independent schools (a more accurate term to describe non-government schools) impedes honest debate about the benefits…

Clearing the misconceptions about independent schools

Independent schools students are more actively involved in the community than their public schools counterparts

Clearing the misconceptions about independent schoolsCardus’s Brian Harskamp corrects a few misconceptions Stephen Quinn, a CBC Radio host in Vancouver, has about independent schools. HAMILTON, Ont. July 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Dear Mr. Quinn, I was one of the kids who benefited from the annual $358-million “subsidy” for "private" schools you mentioned in your recent Globe and Mail [popup url="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/vancouver-public-schools-face-closure-yet-we-fund-private-school-education/article30616890/" height="1000"…