Introducing the Student Bill of Rights
Exciting news: the first draft of the Student Bill of Rights has been completed! You may recall the Student Bill of Rights as a major project in our 2016-2017 Strategic Vision. FCSS-FESC members have worked long and hard to write a constitutional document which will outline secondary education standards across Canada, using detailed research and round-table discussions with students, parents, and other stakeholders.
The Student Bill of Rights is comprised of five sections: Fundamental Rights, Accessibility Rights, Equality Rights, Fair Standards, and Utility Rights. They cover possible disparities between Canada’s three educational systems -- public, private, and Catholic -- and the many, many different districts, schools, and teachers, to uphold an equitable quality of education. After all, uncontrollable external factors, such as your financial situation, physical, mental, and emotional health, or the region you live in, shouldn’t affect the opportunities and resources you have, the standards which teachers assess you by, or the knowledge you’re taught.
Want to know more? The first draft of the Student Bill of Rights will be posted on this website very soon! This edition is only a glimpse of what is to come — the FCSS-FESC’s Student Bill of Rights Committee is working diligently to further polish and revise the Bill of Rights into a full-fledged constitution, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Education. It’s going to be amazing!
For the meantime, be sure to stay tuned for more updates — and we’d love to hear input from you as well! Here’s to a Student Bill of Rights written by students, for the students.