October 25, 2018
Contact: Together for Students

Alberta needs one inclusive, diverse education system

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Media Release


Alberta needs one inclusive, diverse education system

Oct. 25, 2018 … The education of today’s students lays the groundwork for the future of Alberta’s leaders, and all students should have the greatest possible educational opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.

With that goal in mind, the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta (PSBAA) today launched a new community engagement initiative to talk about the future of education in Alberta, and why one inclusive, diverse education system is the answer.

“Every student deserves equal access to the best possible learning opportunities, regardless of where they live, what language they speak, or how they learn,” said Cathy Hogg, PSBAA President. “However, the current structure has us competing for the same students and splintering resources so that equal access is not available to everyone. Such is the nature of competition – some win and some lose. We know we don’t have limitless resources, so we want to start a province-wide conversation about how all of us can work together to ensure our kids have the type of education they need to equip them for the 21st century.”

The PSBAA advocates for K-12 education in Alberta and is focused on ensuring our province continues to be a strong, vibrant place to live, work and raise a family.

“We are spending $8.4 billion this year, but the conversation today isn’t about whether we have enough funding – it’s about making the most of the funding we have and eliminating duplication and inefficiency,” said Pat Cochrane, the Together for Students Campaign Chair. “Most people don’t realize our province’s current school system was established more than 100 years ago, in an agrarian society when one-room schools were the norm. Since then, our province has changed and grown dramatically. We don’t know what Alberta’s education system could look like in the future, but we do know it’s time to start that conversation.”

“It’s time to blow the dust off a 100-year-old education model that supports multiple school systems with duplicated and inefficient services and come together for students. We want to offer them a single robust, diverse, inclusive education system that maximizes our limited resources, so we can deliver better outcomes for students,” said Russ Hickman, Board Chair, Wild Rose School Division.

“All school divisions have strengths, and this is the beginning of an opportunity for all of us to use those strengths and work together to build something new that works for all of us,” said Maddy Daniels, Board Chair of Northland School Division. “This isn’t about separating, it’s about bringing together all the partners to create what is best for all students.

“Educating our children is paramount to Alberta’s future success,” said Dennis MacNeil, Board Chair, Aspen View Public Schools. “This is the chance for students, parents and families in communities across Alberta to talk about what the future of education in the province should look like, to create the best model for students.”

Together for Students has also produced a promotional video. You can view it on Vimeo.

Quick facts

  • Budget 2018 provides $8.4 billion for Education in 2018-19 (Fiscal Plan 2018-20, Overview)
  • Alberta currently has multiple school systems, including public, separate, francophone, charter, private and home schooling, each of which has its own administrative support structure.
  • Alberta’s current school system was established more than 100 years ago, when there were about 186,000 people in the province.
  • Today, more than 4.2 million people call Alberta home, from more than 200 birth countries and more than 10 chosen faiths.

Media contact:

Heather Massel, Communications, 780-952-3401 hmassel@public-schools.ab.ca

 

 

 

 

 

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