Patti Bacchus

Named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun and twice named to Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50” list, Patti is a well-known public education and social justice advocate who was the longest serving chair of the Vancouver School Board (VSB).

She ran for the VSB in three elections — in 2008, 2011 and 2014 — topping the polls each time. She was elected as board chair from 2008 – 2014.

Patti played a key role in the grassroots campaign to seismically upgrade at-risk B.C. public schools and is proud to have signed several funding agreements to upgrade or replace seismically high-risk Vancouver schools.

Patti worked alongside her VSB colleagues and community members to develop plans for Vancouver’s first Aboriginal-focused school of choice and an Early Mandarin Bilingual program. During her term as chair, the VSB passed ground-breaking sexual orientation and gender identity policy changes.

Patti also serves as a director on the board of the Broadbent Institute, a progressive, independent national organization that champions change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.

Born and raised in Vancouver and a graduate of the University of Victoria (Political Science) and Langara College (Journalism), Patti is married to Lee Bacchus and has a grown stepdaughter and two adult children. 

NDP education platform is the best of an uninspiring bunch

BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver lashed out at teachers and critics over the weekend on twitter after reports of testy meetings with teachers and the B.C. Federation of Labour
Full House at VSB meeting

VSB’s 2017/18 budget plan creates confusion, cuts and parent complaints

The VSB’s budget plan includes questionable plans for the BCTF-settlement funds, a controversial online survey and closing all but one adult education site
Bonnefoy and Turner

VSB using BCTF-court settlement funds to avert big budget cuts next year

The VSB was expected to be at least $15 million short for next year’s budget, but thanks to the BCTF court win and elected board’s past decisions, it’s getting more money and fewer cuts.

Adult education — the school of second chances needs another chance

Government cuts are slamming the door on adults who need to upgrade their high-school credits to get into post-secondary programs
Bonnefoy and Turner

VSB gets biggest piece of the BCTF court settlement fund

Patti Bacchus hopes it's enough to prevent more cuts.

BC government action needed to protect privacy of student data

B.C. teachers are calling on government and school boards to take steps to protect student privacy and support teachers’ use of digital reporting tools
Sept 26 VSB meeting

School trustees' job is to represent constituents and ask hard questions. That's not bullying. 

The VSB's Goldner report says that by asking hard questions, trustees bullied staff. That's an attack on the role of trustees.

It's time to stop funding B.C.'s private schools

Is it time time to put that public money back where it belongs — in public schools? Vancouver Observer Contributing Education Editor, Patti Bacchus thinks it is.
LYSH

How to save a special little yellow school house — the Kitsilano edition

Heritage advocates have one last chance to save a much-loved little yellow schoolhouse in Kitsilano. It's been done before but it wasn't easy.
Mike DeJong

B.C. budget includes more education funding but most of it will go to complying with Supreme Court of Canada teachers' decision

Vancouver parents hoping to see a reversal of cuts to classrooms may be disappointed despite increased education funding in the B.C. budget. Patti Bacchus explains why.