Patti Bacchus

Named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun, Patti listens to parents, students and communities and has worked to successfully minimize the impact of provincial funding shortfalls on classrooms and has secured additional provincial funding for Vancouver schools.

Patti has worked alongside her colleagues and community members to develop plans for Vancouver’s first Aboriginal-focussed school of choice and an Early Mandarin Bilingual program.

A long-time advocate for school seismic safety, Patti continues to focus on getting all at-risk schools upgraded and improving school emergency preparedness.

Born and raised in Vancouver and a graduate of the University of Victoria and Langara College, Patti is married to Lee Bacchus and has a grown stepdaughter and two school-aged children.

 Bayview elementary

School closures off the table along with Christy Clark’s flip flops

The VSB’s $1.5 billion capital plan request to government all but takes school closures off the table, despite the district being governed by a B.C. Liberal government-appointed trustee

The VSB is closing an adult education centre despite NDP/Green promise to restore program funding

The VSB’s appointed trustee is pushing ahead with closing the “Mainstreet” adult education centre at Gladstone Secondary at the end of the month despite NDP & Green pledges to restore funding.
Scott Robinson with kids

Help wanted for a super (tough) VSB job

With last week’s announcement that the Vancouver School Board’s superintendent is leaving, the preliminary work to find his replacement is already underway.
Elsie Roy

Going to kindergarten isn't always as easy as it should be

Parents are sometimes shocked to discover they can’t get their child into their neighbourhood school for kindergarten. Here’s why.

The “GreenDP” is great news for public education

VO Contributing Education Editor Patti Bacchus on why the NDP and Green party power-sharing agreement is a best-case scenario for B.C.’s public schools
Maple Grove kids

Do we need school dress codes?

The dress code debate seems to come around each year with the warm weather. What’s it really about?
Andrew Weaver

Thoughts on the election and education, French immersion spaces, a little yellow school house, and bans

I don’t know about you, but to me it feels like the election was a lot more than a week ago.
VSB building

What do the BC election results mean for public education?

A lot of people scratching their heads this morning and wondering what the election results mean. Patti Bacchus, looks at what's in store for public education.
Your education matters panel

Christy Clark made education a key election issue — finally!

In the 2009 and 2013 election campaigns education was rarely mentioned in debates or in news coverage. This election is different.
Offshore teachers

"We are scared and we feel abandoned" —Teachers at BC-certified school in South Korea plead for help from government

Fourteen “BC-certified” teachers who work at a B.C. Ministry of Education-certified offshore school have been ordered to leave South Korea.
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