The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), in partnership with the Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA), has launched a television, radio, print and online advertising campaign that implores Albertans to advocate for public education at a critical time.
The campaign, which brings together the two provincial organizations representing teachers and parents to fight for students, debuts amid ongoing government threats to the public education system that are putting the futures of Alberta children at risk.
“The government is making dangerous changes to the curriculum, slashing education funding and increasing class sizes. These changes have major consequences and are happening at a time when teachers, parents and students continue to juggle the overwhelming challenges of the ongoing pandemic. Albertans must stand together to protect public education.”
—Jason Schilling, ATA president
ASCA, a group which represents parents who sit on school councils across the province, is proud to join the ATA in calling for Albertans to fight back and stand together to protect public education.
“Funding reductions, increased class sizes, and questionable curriculum changes, are putting the learning successes of Alberta’s students at risk. Together parents and teachers share the responsibility for protecting children and preparing them for the future. We are uniting and urging all Albertans to join us.”
—Brandi Rai, ASCA president
Nineteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many Alberta parents have gained a deep understanding for the essential role of teachers.
“Teachers and parents are coming together to let the government know that our kids’ futures are at risk. Children are our future leaders, and the decisions our government is making about public education now will affect all of us down the road.”
—Jean Porter, Grade 7 teacher
The ATA and ASCA are directing parents and the public who are concerned with the government’s reckless changes to education to visit www.StandForEducation.ca.
The Alberta Teachers’ Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safeguards standards of professional practice and serves as the advocate for its 46,000 members.
Alberta School Councils’ Association is the provincial association representing parents on school council. ASCA works to build strong school communities, ensuring parents are recognized and respected as knowledgeable, supportive contributors to their children’s education, and are provided a variety of opportunities to be authentically engaged in all levels of the education system.
Kim Clement, Communications Officer, ATA
Jolaine Kochisarli, Communications Director, ASCA