July 3, 2012
The battle between B.C.’s Education Ministry and the now-former Cowichan Valley school trustees may be far from over.
Education Minister George Abbott fired the District 79 Board of Education on Canada Day for presenting a deficit budget—a move contrary to the School Act.
But before the official announcement was made July 1, the trustees already had a legal opinion at their disposal from Vancouver labour law firm Caroline and Gislason Lawyers.
“I think that we can challenge this decision,” Eden Haythornthwaite, the erstwhile chair of the board, told SunFM News.
Hawthornthwaite admitted the legislation requires a board to submit a balanced budget but that the School Act also makes the trustees responsible for providing “quality learning opportunities for all students”, something she claimed they couldn’t do with continued cuts to education.
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