20 Questions for all Langley school trustee candidates

20 Questions for trustee candidates: (Click on the question to read any expanded answers provided by candidates).

Questions:

1. Should low-enrolment schools be closed?

2. Should kids be bused to low-enrolment schools from under-served areas?

3. Do you support more technology in the classroom?

4. Is technology appropriately distributed through schools to give all students equal opportunity?

5. Should teachers be teaching more of the basics?

6. Should there be more discipline in schools?

7. Are schools taking on too many responsibilities that should be left to parents?

8. Is the school board receiving enough money from the province?

9. Is the school district handling its finances appropriately?

10. Does the District Parent Advisory Council have too much influence on school district affairs?

11. Does the teachers’ union have too much influence on school district affairs?

12. Should school districts return to local bargaining (as opposed to current provincial bargaining) with its unions?

13. Should the school board be more aggressive in its dealing with provincial authorities?

14. Are the interests of taxpayers without children in Langley public schools adequately represented?

15. Should we be devolving towards more provincial funding for private education?

16. Does the school district have a good working relationship with Langley City?

17. Does the school district have a good working relationship with Langley Township?

18. Are appropriate policies in place to deal with schoolyard bullying?

19. Are anti-bullying policies being adequately enforced?

20. Are appropriate policies in place to deal with abuse of technology, such as cyber-bullying?

Click on the Langley City school trustee candidates names for all their expanded answers:

Candy Ashdown

Shelley Coburn

Robert McFarlane

Click on the Langley Township school trustee names for all their expanded answers:

Lorraine Baldwin

Lawrence Chen

Pamala-Rose Combs

Megan Dykeman

Trudy Handel

Kristine Ketter

Alison McVeigh

Lisa Moore

Suzanne Perreault

Rod Ross

David Tod

Rosemary Wallace

How the questions were presented to candidates

Each of the Langley Township council candidates for the Nov. 15 municipal elections was provided with 20 questions, along with the following instructions:

Dear candidates,

Our readers have told us that it is important to them to have a straight-forward reference to help them orient themselves within the range of candidate choices open to them.

To that end, we would ask that you provide a ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘don’t know’ response to each of the questions (except for the un-numbered questions about Township residence).

Any responses left blank or answered with anything other than yes, no or don’t know will be left blank.

Candidates can give expanded answers to any of these questions, which we can feature on www.langleyadvance.com. Some expanded answers may appear in our print edition. Please indicate which are the top three answers you would prefer to see printed.

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