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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:31 pm 
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Hello again --

In my efforts to begin advocating for change, I have contacted a Parent Advisory Council advocacy mentor. This group cannot get involved in policy change, but I was given a step-by-step way to approach changing the policy. This is what the email said:

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The advocacy project does not assist with policies challenges. I spoke to a
very knowledgeable colleague and she said it would be a multi step process.
Basically, you would be writing a new policy and presenting it to the board.
Firstly, you would need to attend a general board meeting and present your
case. You have to call the board office and get listed as a speaker. They
allow 3 or so each meeting and you are given about 5 minutes. This would
plant the idea in the trustees' minds. The next general board meeting is the
18th - Monday. They happen monthly, on the third Monday. Secondly, you'd
then need to go to a education policy meeting.

Your PAC should be able to help with resources and support. Needless to say
the more support you have the better your chances. Some testimonials from
other parents would help as well. You should selectively contact a couple
trustees and see if you can get them on your side.


So, do you think it is worth going through the school board? Or should I skip them and go to my legislative representative? I want to go the logical, least critical route because this is so important. I want all my credibility and solid arguments to make change. Even though I have been tempted to call the press at times, or even get a lawyer, I think 'following the rules" wins respect without fear. Now if they brush me off, that is another thing. . .

Has anyone approached their school board? I know some of you write letters to government representatives. Have you found this to be useful in the terms of creating change?

Caroline

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:59 pm 
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I just found this article: http://www.b-online.ca/004lobby.html
I am torn - go through the board? Or let's get all the BC people together and figure this out right at the top?
Caroline

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:47 am 
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Is there a support group in BC? Can they put you in contact with other parents? Purhaps if several of you went to the board meeting and one spoke on everyones behalf they would listen?
I would definately go through the board. I went to a board meeting last June. They called it the ratepayers session.
Basically, you have a say as your student goes to their school. Prepare your statement in advance and bring a copy of the articles your touch on. They should be happy to make a copy for their records.
I try to take the approach of "We have an issue: Safety of the student. And we need to come up with a solution. Theses are my recommendations. What do you plan to do?"
By going through the proper channels you show respect and sensability. It also adds credability so that, if and when you have to go to the next step. You are saying you are willing to work with the system to affect change.

We used this once at work to show effective hand washing techniques. I think it would get your point across very well if you could find someone to borrow it from.
http://www.glogerm.com/

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