Education News from the campaign trail

Editorial: Backsliding on kids' rights

For a party looking to lead Albertans into the future, the United Conservatives took the unusual step of reaching back into the past and purloining their education platform from a previous regime — one that voters turfed in the last election.

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NDP promises to hire 1,000 new teachers and support staff, build and upgrade 70 schools

NDP Leader Rachel Notley is vowing to hire 1,000 new teachers and support staff by next fall and invest over a billion dollars in building 70 new schools across the province if re-elected.

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EXPLAINER: What the School Act and the Education Act say about LGBTQ student and employee rights

The United Conservative Party’s education platform came Monday with an unexpected twist — party leader Jason Kenney wants to replace the main piece of legislation governing Alberta schools.

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Keith Gerein: Kenney walks risky tightrope with GSA policy

Ever since Jason Kenney entered Alberta’s political stage two years ago, he’s been kept on his toes catering to competing interests within the “big tent” conservative movement.

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Teachers’ association aims to raise awareness of issues

Who knew there were such things as ‘political engagement officers’ in union locals? If there weren’t before, there are now, and the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) has a couple of them right here in the High Prairie School Division.

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Jason Kenney defends plan to roll back part of Alberta’s law on gay-straight alliances

The United Conservative Party’s promise to repeal legislation that prohibits Alberta teachers from informing parents when a student joins a gay-straight alliance has revived the debate about the peer-support groups.

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Alberta teachers clash with UCP leader on proposed education reforms

United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is clashing with Alberta’s teachers over his party’s education election promises that include a renewed emphasis on standardized testing and changes to protections for gay students.

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Alberta Teachers’ Association slams ‘misguided’ United Conservative education platform

The United Conservative Party’s education platform is getting a failing grade from the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

“The priorities in this platform are misplaced and misguided,” ATA president Greg Jeffery said Tuesday.

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Alberta Teachers' Association slams UCP education platform

Solutions to the biggest problems facing Alberta’s schools are absent from the United Conservative Party’s K-12 education platform, the Alberta Teachers’ Association said.

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Potential changes to Gay-Straight Alliances under UCP?

A lot of reaction to a United Conservative Party pitch to make changes to gay-straight alliances if elected. Jason Kenney says his government would revert back to the Education Act from 2014 meaning parents could be notified if their child joins a gay-straight alliance.

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