Patti Bacchus

Named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun, Patti listens to parents, students and communities and has worked to successfully minimize the impact of provincial funding shortfalls on classrooms and has secured additional provincial funding for Vancouver schools.

Patti has worked alongside her colleagues and community members to develop plans for Vancouver’s first Aboriginal-focussed school of choice and an Early Mandarin Bilingual program.

A long-time advocate for school seismic safety, Patti continues to focus on getting all at-risk schools upgraded and improving school emergency preparedness.

Born and raised in Vancouver and a graduate of the University of Victoria and Langara College, Patti is married to Lee Bacchus and has a grown stepdaughter and two school-aged children.

Why Surrey shouldn’t hold its breath on B.C. Liberals' $217 million school funding promise

Will government keeps its funding promise for new Surrey schools? Let's see what happened with their 2013 promises.
Jessica McDonald, BC Hydro CEO

Would you send your child to a school built on top of an underground electrical substation?

BC Hydro President and CEO Jessica McDonald calls a proposal to build electrical substations under a school and a park a "Triple Word Score." But it is a good deal for downtown families?
VSB announcement Wordle

Don’t be fooled by the announcements — the “additional” teachers being hired should have been there all along

After 15 years of cuts, teacher positions are starting to be restored in response to the BCTF's win in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Turner, Bonnefoy and Lewis

Parents want a say when it comes to their kids taking the Foundation Skills Assessments (FSAs)

Vancouver parents used to be able to fill in a simple form if they didn't want their kids writing the controversial FSA tests. That's all changed now that a government-appointed trustee is in charge.

Students struggle to access post-secondary programs due to adult education cuts

Government cuts to adult education funding mean fewer students can access the courses they need to access post-secondary programs.

B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier left some important things out of his year-end wrap up

B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier says 2016 was a banner year for B.C.'s education system, but he forgot to mention a few things.
Crowd at Sept 26, 2016 VSB meeting

Political smear or necessary investigation?

Six senior VSB managers went on “indefinite leave." Two letters leaked to news media alleged a toxic work environment. Patti Bacchus is one of the VSB trustees who was fired. This is her analysis.
Tiffany Dowd

Great-granddaughter hopes VSB names new school after Won Alexander Cumyow

Tiffany Dowd hopes the VSB names its new school after her great grandfather, Won Alexander Cumyow. Here's why.
Old General Gordon School

Christy Clark made promises to seismically upgrade schools in her last campaign — she didn’t keep those promises and she’s taking credit for others

The old General Gordon School was demolished and replaced with a new, seismically safe school. Photo: Wikipedia
Osoyoos Secondary School

By-election dust ups are collateral damage in Christy Clark’s war on public education

Trustees voted to close Osoyoos' high school after only to overturn their decision when Premier Christy Clark intervened at the 11th hour. Then a trustee resigned, triggering a by-election.
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