Patti Bacchus Feed https://www.vancouverobserver.com/contributor_content/3618 en A who's who of the candidates running in the Vancouver School Board by-election https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/whos-who-candidates-running-vancouver-school-board-election VO contributing education editor Patti Bacchus knows most of the candidates. Here’s her first take on who is on the ballot. <p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/whos-who-candidates-running-vancouver-school-board-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion by-election VSB Fri, 08 Sep 2017 02:43:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23639 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com New schools, seismic upgrades, French Immersion and band programs among issues VSB candidates to face in by-election https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/new-schools-seismic-upgrades-french-immersion-and-band-programs-among-issues-vsb-candidates Voters will have lots of questions for candidates running in the VSB by-election. Here’s what the VSB’s longest-serving chair thinks the top issues will be. <p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/new-schools-seismic-upgrades-french-immersion-and-band-programs-among-issues-vsb-candidates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion by-election VSB Sat, 02 Sep 2017 04:50:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23631 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com There's hope in the air as kids head back to Vancouver public schools https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/theres-hope-air-kids-head-back-vancouver-public-schools But the school year may be in for a bumpy start.<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/theres-hope-air-kids-head-back-vancouver-public-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion B.C. schools Vancouver VSB Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:25:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23628 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Horgan keeps his promise to restore adult education funding https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/horgan-keeps-his-promise-restore-adult-education-funding Adults who’ve graduated from high school will be able to take fee-free high-school upgrade courses again thanks to B.C.’s new NDP government. <p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/horgan-keeps-his-promise-restore-adult-education-funding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion adult education VSB Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:55:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23617 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Vancouver school board by-election set for October 14 and no, I'm not running https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/vancouver-school-board-election-set-october-14-and-no-im-not-running Education Minister Rob Fleming announced Thursday that Vancouver voters will get a chance to elect new school trustees. <p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/vancouver-school-board-election-set-october-14-and-no-im-not-running" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion VSB by-election Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:45:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23615 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Government cabinet picks bode well for public education and Vancouver schools https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/government-cabinet-picks-bode-well-public-education-and-vancouver-schools Rob Fleming, BC's new minister of education, is the former opposition critic. He knows the file well and can get to work quickly.<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/government-cabinet-picks-bode-well-public-education-and-vancouver-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion BC Government Public Education Rob Fleming Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:18:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23607 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com A “to-do” list for BC's new education minister https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/do-list-bcs-new-education-minister Patti Bacchus has some advice for whomever gets the job. <p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/do-list-bcs-new-education-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion BC Government Education Minister Vancouver School Board VSB Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:33:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23597 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Teachers say new NDP government needs to clean up BC's offshore school program — here’s how https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/teachers-say-new-ndp-government-needs-clean-bcs-offshore-school-program-here-s-how About 100 B.C. -certified teachers face expulsion from South Korea for allegedly having the wrong visas to work at B.C.-certified offshore schools. <p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/teachers-say-new-ndp-government-needs-clean-bcs-offshore-school-program-here-s-how" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education off-shore schools Sun, 02 Jul 2017 02:18:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23593 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Teachers say VSB isn’t complying with restored contact language — could lead to September school disruptions https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/teachers-say-vsb-isn-t-complying-restored-contact-language-could-lead-september-school Following the BCTF court win at the Supreme Court of Canada, teachers say the VSB isn’t getting enough funding to hire more teachers <p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/teachers-say-vsb-isn-t-complying-restored-contact-language-could-lead-september-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion BC public schools Teachers VSB Fri, 30 Jun 2017 01:13:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23591 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com School closures off the table along with Christy Clark’s flip flops https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/school-closures-table-along-christy-clark-s-flip-flops The VSB’s $1.5 billion capital plan request to government all but takes school closures off the table, despite the district being governed by a B.C. Liberal government-appointed trustee <p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/school-closures-table-along-christy-clark-s-flip-flops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion School Closures VSB Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:04:00 +0000 Patti Bacchus 23589 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com