Board of Education


The mission of the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) is to support and advocate for effective public boards of education and quality public education in British Columbia.The key work of boards of education is improving student achievement through community engagement.

Locally elected boards of education are the public’s voice in public education. They connect with their communities and ensure that local values and priorities are reflected in public school programs, policies and operations. The boards of education represent all citizens in their communities and make decisions to support all district students in reaching their educational goals. The specific duties of school boards are described in British Columbia’s School Act.

Representing BC’s 60 school boards, BCSTA serves 100 per cent of the total public school population.

The Association advocates on issues that will help the provincial government and other organizations to improve public education in all BC communities.

BCSTA fulfills its mission through effective governance , educational events and useful services for school trustees, communications support and information sharing through a variety of publications, advocacy work and special trustee resources.

Learn more about BCSTA’s history and trustees by visiting the Who We Are section.

BCSTA mission statement

  1. We believe that a high-quality public education system is the foundation of a democratic society.
  2. We believe that improving student achievement is the key work of locally elected boards of education.
  3. We believe that the interests of BC students are best met through local decision-making with an engaged community.
  4. We believe that an important role of BCSTA is to provide a strong, representative voice for boards of education throughout the province.
  5. We believe that an important role of BCSTA is to help build effective boards of education by providing development, communications, and support services.
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