There is a potential change to the funding model going forward.
This would not only negatively affect all of the band and choir activities - it would affect also all sports, arts and personal development credit activities outside of the normal school timetables.
Recently, the Ministry of Education released a report titled “Improving Equity and Accountability-Report of the Funding Model Review Panel 2018.” This report is a product of the government’s review of K-12 funding across BC. There is a recommendation in the report that if implemented, will cause the elimination of many secondary school music programs throughout the province.
Recommendation 9 reads as follows:
The Ministry should base funding allocations for school-age educational programming on the number of students, rather than on the number of courses being taken. The Ministry should phase out the current course-based funding model by the 2020/21 school year. Funding for schools is currently course-based, meaning that students have the opportunity to enrol in courses of their choice, beyond 8 blocks. If a per-student funding model is implemented,
students will lose the opportunity to take more than 8 blocks, and schools will lose funding for teachers to teach these courses, as most of them operate off timetable.
This is a call to action for every parent (that is against the reduced funding support) to send the government an email or similar that this funding model change is not acceptable. A generic sample email is included in this note, please use it to make sure your voice is heard!