Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-SCOC-Disabilities)

The B-C government says things have changed a lot in the school system since a North Vancouver man launched a complaint in the 1990's against the North Vancouver School District over the teaching of his dyslexic son.

The complaint filed by Rick Moore on behalf of his son Jeffery ended up in the Supreme Court of Canada, which issued a ruling today saying the school district discriminated against Jeffery.

Education Minister Don McRae says since that case began, the government has improved services and supports for students with special needs, including spending 860 (m) million dollars on those services this year alone.

But the B-C Teachers Federation says the number of special education teachers has been falling steadily in B-C, and the Moore family ruling is a victory for all children who aren't getting the help they need in public schools across the country. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-School-Year)

B-C school districts are now free to set their own teaching calendars, opening the possibility of year round schooling, or schools with staggered holidays instead of the standard model of having July and August off.

The provincial government has approved regulations that back up legislation passed earlier this year allowing school boards to deviate from the standard school calendar.

The education ministry will continue to set the minimum number of instructional hours, but school boards will be able to set the number and dates of school days, vacation periods and professional development days.

The new calendar options will take effect with the 2013-14 school year. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Election-Sullivan)

One of Premier Christy Clark's former rivals now wants to join her team.

Former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan says he plans to seek the Liberal nomination in the riding of Vancouver-False Creek ahead of next May's election.

Sullivan defeated Clark to run as mayor for the Non-Partisan Association in the 2005 Vancouver election, but his party forced him out ahead of the 2008 municipal election.

He says Clark has done a great job as premier and he'd be proud to be part of her team, adding he doesn't believe speculation the Liberals are on their way out. …

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