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May 12

Jim Christopher recently met with the parents of a Grade 2 public school student. As the head of Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School in North Vancouver, he sees many such families. “Their school had just said to them, ‘your child’s needs are too great and we can’t meet them,’’ Christopher recalls. “We have a steady stream… Read More »

May 4

As the principal of St. Ann’s Academy in Kamloops, Shawn Chisholm knows his basic arithmetic. Independent school students — there are roughly 1,000 of them in Kamloops —are funded by the provincial government at 50% of what public school students receive. That saves taxpayers roughly $4 million a year for Kamloops alone. And if you… Read More »

Apr 26

For Isagani Cruz, a Catholic of Filipino descent, the decision to send his three children to an independent school was easy. The harder part is paying the bills. Tuition at Our Lady of Mercy, in Burnaby, costs $230/month for his daughter in grade 7. And tuition at St. Thomas Moore Collegiate, also in Burnaby, costs… Read More »