The elected Vancouver school board has been fired by BC Education Minister Mike Bernier — all nine of them fired and out of a job.
The board was comprised of four Vision Vancouver trustees, four NPA trustees, and one Green Party trustee, with Mike Lombardi from Vision Vancouver as the chair.
There have been allegations that the Board workplace had become toxic, but the main reason stated for the dismissal was a provincial law that all school districts must run a balanced budget.
The VSB fell short, mostly because of their outright refusal to close and condense schools that were drastically underused and not even close to capacity. The board did a last minute flip flop, agreeing to balancing a budget but by then Minister Bernier had deemed it too late, and I’m glad he did.
The Vision Vancouver controlled board was ideologically opposed to the BC Liberals as many in Vision are closely tied to the BC NDP.
Of course Vision Vancouver and the BC NDP began their finger pointing, with accusations that this was a political decision directly from the Premier's office as part of her supposed war on public education.
It didn’t take long for a couple of astute citizens to point out that back in 1996 when the BC NDP were in power they did the exact same thing: firing the North Vancouver school board for failing to balance the budget.
And when some people tried to point out this hypocrisy on Twitter, guess what happened…?