British Columbia Society for Public Education

Welcome to The British Columbia Society for Public Education website. We are a volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting public education in British Columbia.

We carry out research and other activities aimed at providing accurate and accessible information to students, parents, the general public and decision-makers.

We believe all children and society benefit from a strong, diverse and equitable public school system and we encourage parents and others to support public education.

L’éducation est le premier bienfait qu’un gouvernement puisse conférer à un peuple.” (Education is the first public good that a government can confer upon a people.)

– Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine, from the Address to the Electors of Terrebonne,  August 28, 1840 (LaFontaine was the 2nd Premier of Canada East and joint Premier of the United Province of Canada)

“Public education is the primary foundation in any civilized democracy… Any weakening of universal public education can only be a weakening of democracy.”

- John Ralston Saul

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2005–2012 BCSPE