Are you aware of the impact of Bill 64 on your local schools and communities? Bill 64 is The Education Modernization Act that will replace the Public Schools Act and fundamentally change the way that education is provided in Manitoba. Bill 64 will create a centralization of power within the provincial government and defund education. Although Bill 64 is focused on student outcomes, it does so through the lens of saving money and standardized testing. Bill 64 does not adequately address many other factors that are required for successful student outcomes. In Beautiful Plains School Division we continue to focus on our students first. We encourage our communities to become informed and share your questions and concerns on Bill 64. We will continue to update you on this website with information as it becomes available.
The Board of Trustees in Beautiful Plains School Division will be eliminated.
Decisions about your local school will lie with an appointed Director of Education, who will report to the government-appointed Provincial Education Authority, not a locally elected school board.
Local school divisions will disappear
37 school divisions in Manitoba are being dissolved and replaced by the centralized power of the Provincial Education Authority, with 15 regions answerable to it. Your locally elected board will be eliminated.
BPSD schools will become part of a 5,900+ student geographical region over 14,000 km² which will be made up of what is currently Beautiful Plains, Rolling River and Parkwest School Divisions.
Parental responsibility & workload redefined
With the creation of School Community Councils, parents/guardians will be asked to step into governance/management roles of their child’s school, without any clarity in the legislation about what their actual decision-making authority will be.
Support of local businesses in question
Local business owners will need to secure contracts for goods and services related to schools in their community through the centralized Provincial Education Authority, rather than locally, as they do now.
Taxation without representation
Even with the proposed phase-out of education property taxes, as Manitobans, you will continue to pay the taxes, with no elected voice to ensure the money is invested locally. The Education Property Tax Rebate outlines the shift in taxes.