Victoria Times Colonist
July 4, 2012
Education Minister George Abbott's charge of "political grandstanding" by the Cowichan school board is a case of monumental disingenuousness.
He should be the last one to accuse anyone or group of grandstanding.
The first obligation of the trustees is to the students and their families. In a democratic society, a majority has the responsibility to constantly evaluate and determine the needs of the organization to which they were elected.
For there to be a law that says a balanced budget must be presented or the board can be fired is ludicrous.
A board that works day in and day out, fully aware of the requirements to them and for them to meet the needs of the student and teacher elements and to properly achieve the necessary results, has a right and obligation to ask that the financial needs be met.
The ministry can take whatever position if feels necessary. So why would a law even be necessary?
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