Residents Unite to Save Public Education
Defending public education is the catalyst that binds a group known as
the Community Alliance for Public Education or CAPE. Based out of
Duncan British Columbia, CAPE began as an employee political action
committee committed to electing worker friendly candidates to the local
Spurred on by the successful of election Gabe Haythornthwaite as School
Board trustee, “CAPE evolved from an alliance of partners involved in
the school system” according to Eden Haythornthwaite Communications
officer for CAPE. “We are dedicated to organizing the partners in the
school system to resist government cutbacks to education”, she
Driven on by the premise that a good working environment for education
providers would translate to good education for students the group has
succeed in catching the attention of people in other school districts.
There are other districts currently looking to duplicate CAPE’s
success’s, Haythornthwaite stated, for instance the Nanaimo district
has contacted CAPE to see if a similar group could be set up there.
To date CAPE has had what some see as significant successes. Through
Trustee Haythornthwaite, CAPE has been able to pass motions that favour
students and staff. One example is a motion to look at a needs budget
as opposed to the governments compliance or slash and burn budget. The
motion provides for a committee to go into the schools to assess and
document the actual needs of each school. This will become the bases
for support of the needs budget.
CAPE is committed to being vigilant. We believe through our on going
efforts we will be able to address this governments agenda and reverse
the trend of attacks on the public school system that are going not
only here but in other jurisdictions.
If anyone is interested in learning more about CAPE and its initiatives
they can contact Eden Haythornthwaite at CAPE@shaw.ca