Tuesday March 13, 2012

BC Gov't News

Pennies From Heaven

SD33 to take delivery of a  truckload of money for at-risk kids

Released by Gov't of BC Caucus


ulnerable students in Chilliwack School District 33 will benefit from $474,120 in new funding, part of the $11.2 million Supplement for Vulnerable Students for 2012-13.


These funds add to the $694,559 already in place for at-risk students in Chilliwack through the CommunityLINK program. This means a total of $1.16 million in funding - a 68 per cent increase - for the 2012-13 school year.

"These funds will help School District 33 provide innovative programs and services that support those students who need it the most. We are working hard to support at-risk students in Chilliwack and this funding plays a big part in our commitment to education," said John Les, MLA Chilliwack in a release on Tuesday.

Why this matters

  • These funds help school districts provide services such as meal and snack programs, literacy and healthy schools initiatives, inner city and community school programs, school-based support workers and counselling for at-risk children and youth.

  • CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) provides over $51 million in funding (see the pdf here)  to all 60 boards of education in B.C to help vulnerable students who are at risk in terms of academic achievement and social development.

  • In 2012-13, the Province will provide an additional $11.2 million Supplement for Vulnerable Students. These funds will go to districts where the number of vulnerable students has increased.

Additional Information

  • CommunityLINK defines "vulnerable students" as those students who may be at risk in terms of academic achievement and social functioning. These students primarily come from less affluent socio-economic backgrounds.

  • In a time of fiscal prudence, the B.C. government is committed to maintaining K-12 school operating funding at just over $4.7 billion for the 2012-13 school year. This is a $4 million increase from the previous year.
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  • More information on the Vulnerable Student Supplement is available online here.

  • More information on the CommunityLINK program is available online at: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/communitylink


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