The Schools We Need - Survey

COPE (Coalition for Progressive Electors) wants to hear from you.  We want to work with parents, students, union groups, and the public to create actions that will achieve:

  • more provincial funding
  • make better use of current funding
  • improvements to education programs for students
  • better accountability and transparency by current and future elected officials
  • awareness of school issues so you can make informed votes for the 2026 school trustee elections 

We invite you to complete COPE's survey.  Results and ideas for actions will be summarized and released to the public. 

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1. Annual budgets passed by school trustees fall short of meeting the educational needs of students.

Parents and the public face barriers to participating in the budget setting process.

The language in the budget is difficult to understand. Public and stakeholder input do little to influence the final budget for Vancouver schools.

What comments do you have and what suggestions do you have for solutions?
2. The Vancouver School Board is failing to retain current teachers and support staff and they are failing to hire new employees.

As a result, much needed and guaranteed services to students are not being provided.

What comments do you have and what suggestions do you have for solutions?
3. The Provincial Government funds schools but requires by law, that elected school trustees pass a balanced budget with the money that the government has given to the school district.

The annual costs to maintain education costs more than what the Provincial Government gives the Vancouver School District.

It is impossible to pass a balanced budget without hurting the education of students.

What comments do you have and what suggestions do you have for solutions?
4. Special needs students are not getting the help they need when their special needs teacher is asked to cover for an absent classroom teacher when they are sick.

Also, specialist teachers like resource teachers, teacher psychologists, speech language pathologists and counsellors are not replaced until after several days of absence.

The provincial government gives the Vancouver School district money to cover the extra services special needs students should be getting but instead they are not getting serviced.

What comments do you have and what suggestions do you have for solutions?
5. Vancouver's population is rapidly growing. More and more family-oriented housing is coming to our neighborhoods.

Instead of keeping our schools open and being ready for more students, the Vancouver School Board continues to threatens to close schools and school programs and sell off public school land.

What comments do you have and what suggestions do you have for solutions?
6. There is a critical need for more before and afterschool childcare spaces and daycare spaces on school board lands.

Right now, we need at least 15,000 more childcare spaces in our school district.

What comments do you have and what suggestions do you have for solutions?
7. Vancouver schools are ageing and there is a critical need for faster seismic upgrading of schools and building new schools so our students can attend safe schools.

It can take from 5 to 8 years before a new school is ready.

There is not enough money in the district's capital budget to fund all the seismic upgrading that needs to be done in our school district.

What comments do you have and what suggestions do you have for solutions?
8. Current Vancouver School Board policies give too much power to senior managers to make decisions that negatively impact students in our schools.

These policies have taken away the voice of elected trustees, parents, union groups, students, and the public. Important work is being done privately, behind closed doors.

We have lost transparency and accountability to parents and the public.

We need our VSB trustees to be accountable and make better decisions for Vancouver students.

What comments do you have and what suggestions do you have for solutions?
9. COPE's "The Schools We Need" campaign is to involve YOU in helping create schools where students thrive, feel safe and included.

Is there anything that we missed in our survey questions or do you have any further comments?
10. Lastly, how aware were you of the issues that were highlighted in this survey?

As a result of completing this survey, what actions will you take to help achieve the schools that we need?
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