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September 8, 2015

The future is bright for BC kids

It’s back to class today for over half a million students in British Columbia, and we couldn’t be more optimistic about the upcoming school year.

With stability in the classroom for the next five years, we have a great opportunity to put our focus 100% back on students and continue to drive some of the world’s best learning outcomes, while ensuring that our next generation is equipped to fill the million job openings we’re projecting in just 7 years.

Here’s just a few new ways government is investing in BC students and schools:

  1. $1,200 RESP grants for post-secondary education: helping families and their eligible children get a head start on pursuing their dreams.
  2. A new curriculum: ensuring students learn the basics like reading, writing, and math in a way that connects them to the collaboration, critical thinking and communications skills they need to thrive after grad.
  3. $1 million: to fund targeted training this school year as well as dedicated time worth $100 million over three years so public school teachers can prepare for this new curriculum.
  4. A revamped scholarship program: designed to better recognize the diversity of our students and their successes – in the classroom, on the field, on the stage and in the community.
  5. $20 million: to help B.C. school districts extend the life of their facilities and school-based assets.

All this made possible, of course, thanks to three consecutive balanced budgets backed by a strong economy and controlled spending.

The future of education in BC has never been brighter – and I’m proud to have your support as we power through this back-to-school season, and start seeing real results for the next generation and those that will follow.


By Jillian Stead