Education News from the campaign trail

Edmonton Public School Board raises concerns about having enough space for all high school students

The Edmonton Public School Board is raising concerns about whether it will have enough space for all high school students in a few years. It’s an issue the school board doesn’t want to be forgotten in the upcoming provincial election.

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Mandatory vaccinations for kids at school part of Alberta Party election platform

The Alberta Party wants to make vaccinations mandatory for children enrolled in publicly-funded schools.

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Opinion: Don’t politicize curriculum rewrite, say public school boards

As Albertans head into another election, curriculum could become a political football.

Our world is becoming more divided on virtually every topic. With lifetimes of knowledge at our fingertips, we’re inundated with misinformation and opinions that threaten to divide us further. Like it or not, these tactics are becoming part of our political culture.

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Education minister addresses changes to Alberta curriculum

In our Ask the Educator segment in advance of the upcoming provincial election, Education minister David Eggen joined Erin Chalmers to talk about changes to Alberta curriculum.

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Charter schools look for ally in UCP while public school advocates fear path to privatization

After four years of what some call dwindling government support, charter schools in Calgary may get an ally in UCP Leader Jason Kenney, who has said his party will look to lift the cap on charter schools if elected this year.

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NDP limiting school choice by refusing charter school applications, UCP says

A United Conservative Party government would debate changing Alberta's charter school regulations, which spell out standards, application requirements and limit the number of schools to 15.

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Alberta Teachers' Association Hosts an "All Party Forum on Public Education"

On March 2nd, representatives from the 5 sitting parties in the Alberta Legislature gathered at the Alberta Teachers' Association to answer questions from teachers throughout the province. View full video of the forum here.

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ATA holds an All-Party Forum on Public Education

Political parties made their pitches Saturday morning to a room full of teachers at an event held by the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Many topics were discussed but the issue of the current curriculum review drew much debate. 

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Alberta election candidates present their vision for the future of public education at all-party forum

Politicians from five of Alberta’s provincial parties sparred on education issues including overcrowding in schools, public-private partnerships and the curriculum rewrite at an all-party forum held by the Alberta Teachers’ Association on Saturday.

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Increased classroom funding will likely have to wait for economic rebound, UCP critic says

Alberta schools shouldn’t expect more cash under a United Conservative Party government until the economy turns around, UCP education critic Mark Smith said.

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