Former school trustee responds to Patti Bacchus tweet about Christy Clark
Jane Bouey doesn’t have any quarrel with parents who send their kids to private schools.
They do so for several reasons, said the former Vancouver school trustee. She respects that.
But things are more complex in some cases.
Like when it comes to Vancouver school board chair Patti Bacchus tweeting:
If putting your child in an elite private school & then taking putting the boots to the public system is what passes for leadership.,,— pattibacchus (@pattibacchus) February 4, 2014
That was on February 4, the day the B.C. Liberal government announced that it is appealing a court decision that found it didn’t negotiate in good faith with public school teachers.
Bacchus didn’t name any names in her tweet, which was posted in the context of the long-running dispute related to legislation that eliminated teachers’ rights to bargain on matters like class size and composition. The law was introduced by now premier Christy Clark when she was education minister under then-premier Gordon Campbell.
Bouey was Bacchus’s vice chair during the previous term, and the Straight asked her on February 6 what she thinks of the tweet.
“The B.C. Supreme Court determined that the B.C. provincial government was trying to provoke a strike by B.C. teachers and that you know if that had happened, that would have meant that students would have been out of school, would have created havoc in the system,” Bouey said in a phone interview.
“That aspect of it is quite clear and based on the facts as we know them and you know, Christy Clark as premier, then she was minister of education when the bills that have been twice now determined to be illegal were put in place,” the former COPE trustee continued.
“And it’s true she has a child in private school,” Bouey went on.
“People put their kids in private schools for lots of reasons, but I think that is sort of secondary to the fact that we have a premier that has been willing to sacrifice the children and youth of B.C. for her own political gamesmanship.”
Bouey also said: “Patti has been an uncompromising defender of public education in the province of B.C., and I respect her greatly.”