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Four New Westminster DPAC resolutions accepted

The New Westminster District Parent Advisory Council's (DPAC) proposed resolution to the provincial body calling for all school district employees to be ineligible to run for school trustee in any district has been accepted for discussion at its upcoming annual general meeting.

The B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Council (BCCPAC) also approved three others proposed by New Westminster.

DPAC's resolution was in response to what it believes is perceived conflict of interest from trustees who are employed in the public school education system. If B.C. were to adopt such a system it would join Alberta and Ontario. B.C. laws disqualify only those who are employed by the district they run in.

Trustee Michael Ewen, who has been a trustee for more than 30 years and is a teacher in Surrey, disputes such a change is necessary because the electorate already knows before it votes that he is a teacher.

Delegates to the BCCPAC's annual general meeting in Coquitlam May 25-27, will also get to vote on three more New Westminster resolutions.

DPAC has proposed BCCPAC lobby the ministry of education to reinstate targeted funding for special education, special needs and ESL; make it manadatory for school boards to record and report all student suspensions and expulsions, and provide the data to the school's planning council; and for the province to develop a universal complaint process.

DPAC's resolution calling for the education ministry make it mandatory for boards of education to have a question period during all regularly scheduled public board meetings, and have them questions and responses recorded in the minutes has yet to be approved.

It is a resolution similar to one already passed in 2007.

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