8 new schools NOW! A rally for education in Surrey
Join Surrey students, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens ( and myself ) this Sunday to take a stand for quality education and demand Christy Clark’s government build 8 new schools now! At 1pm on Sunday, please come and support the students of Surrey in this rally organized by Surrey resident, Paul Hillsdon!With over 800 new residents a month, Surrey is one of the few districts in the province with increasing enrollment. Despite repeated requests, the provincial government has refused to provide Surrey with new capital funding since 2005. With many schools operating well above capacity, there are now 232 portables across the district, meaning over 7000 students will learn in a portable this year.
The Board of Education, seeking other temporary solutions to overcrowding, has recently pursued controversial extended day schedules, as well encouraged students to take classes online. The Board estimates that we need 8 new schools immediately to deal with the massive overcrowding – an estimate that doesn’t even consider growth in the coming years.
Where & When :
Holland Park near the fountains @ 13428 Old Yale Road, ( south from T&T in Central City Mall, across the street! Accessible easily by bus and Surrey Central/King George skytrain stations )
Christy Clark, premier designate, has declined to address this crisis situation at any time during her leadership campaign. Kevin Falcon told students who stormed his office recently, that he agreed Surrey needed more capital funding and would take this message to Victoria.
The question now is, did Falcon do as he promised, and will Christy Clark do the right thing?
Join us all on Saturday to show the government we are serious, we have had enough, and we need new schools now!