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Education Act Pulled

November 4, 2011   (1 Comments)
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November 3, 2011
Education Act pulled from Fall 2011 Legislative Session
Updated Act in spring will reflect renewed commitment to education system 

After a preliminary stakeholder consultation, Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk has decided not to go forward with Bill 18, the Education Act, in the current Fall Legislative Session. Further public and stakeholder engagement will take place over the next few months to ensure the legislation reflects the Government of Alberta’s renewed commitment to education.

"It is crucial that this legislation has a direct and positive impact on students,” said Lukaszuk. "I am committed to ensuring our province continues to foster a world-class education system that puts the needs of our children first.”


Lukaszuk recently contacted Alberta school boards and stakeholder organizations regarding Bill 18, asking for submissions on how the proposed Education Act would benefit the children of Alberta and how well it reflects the findings of Inspiring Education. While there was support for many provisions in the bill, a number of submissions identified outstanding issues.


"Over the next few months we will be engaging students, parents, teachers and members of the community in a discussion on how the Education Act can make a difference in Alberta classrooms,” said Lukaszuk. "It is my intent to introduce an updated version of the Education Act in the Spring 2012 Legislative Session.”


The Education Act is part of the ongoing transformation of Alberta’s education system. For more information on the proposed Education Act, visit: http://education.alberta.ca/department/policy/education-act.aspx

 

Comments...

Michele Ford says...
Posted November 20, 2011
I, as the parent of a child who lives with anaphylaxis every day, am happy to have an opportunity to express my thoughts on things that relate to this life threatening issue. I have been told many times by people that it is all covered in the "safe and caring" part in the old Act, but it has been my experience that educating the people that are in the care of our children is for the most part left to the parents in some divisions and that is putting some children in some very scary situations. Especially, if they themselves are unaware. We have tons of information available, Ontario has Sabrina's Law and I feel that our children in Alberta deserve the same. As it stands now, the policies in Alberta are a patchwork and although the ASBA has a "policy advisory", school boards can pick and choose if they will put any budget dollars towards training to recognize and react. Another child has recently died in a Canadian school and I think we could learn from that if nothing else.

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