Public education leaders understand the social, economic and cultural empowerment that comes with making public education our number one priority, and with the provincial election less than 40 days away, the urgency to ensure that our candidates understand the issues that are important to us continues to grow.
BCSTA invites everyone to participate in our 10 Key Actions in the lead-up to the BC General Election.
To participate in past Key Actions, please visit the Public Education is the Key campaign section.
KEY ACTION 6
In making Public Education the key issue in the BC General Election, we want to make sure members of our school district, community members and stakeholders are aware of the platform and priorities of our local candidates. Your board can highlight issues relevant to you and fellow constituents by organizing an all-candidates’ meeting (ACM) in your community. Bringing candidates together under one roof will help provide awareness to local voters about where each candidate stands on the issues that matter most.
At an all-candidates’ meeting, candidates running for office will respond to questions from the event organizers, as well as from the public audience. Encouraging this kind of political dialogue on a local level will give constituents a chance to engage with the individuals running for office on a deeper level. It also allows attendees to consider important issues and questions that may not have occurred to them previously.
Organizing an all-candidates’ meeting doesn’t have to be difficult. BCSTA has created a step-by-step guide to help trustees navigate the process. It is key that the planning template be adapted to meet the needs of your school board and community.