by Devon Rowcliffe

Corporate sponsorship in Vancouver schools has become a prominent issue in the city’s municipal election campaign, with the Vancouver school board's rejection this past spring of funding from Chevron Canada returning to public scrutiny.

Canadian charity MyClassNeeds helps to distribute funding from Chevron's “Fuel Your School” program to Canadian schools, and earlier this year established funding arrangements with five school districts in the Lower Mainland, including in Burnaby and Surrey.

The Vancouver school board (VSB), which is dominated by Vision Vancouver trustees, rejected such a funding partnership. Vision asserted in a recent election campaign press release that potential funding from Chevron for Vancouver schools “was contingent on Chevron being able to directly interfere with teachers and lesson plans”.