Tomorrow’s Alberta depends on how we educate our children today. Our province funds more educational systems and boards than any other province in Canada. These choices are now coming at an increasing cost to all of us.
Services are duplicated and inefficient. Communities are becoming fragmented. Funds are diverted meaning students end up with fewer learning opportunities instead of more.
We need one inclusive education system.
It’s about CHOICE.
We thought choice among school systems would improve educational outcomes, but it hasn’t. Some learning and extracurricular programs aren’t viable when students are dispersed among schools within a community. Our limited resources pay for duplicate services and redirect funds to competing for students instead of enhancing their education.
Let’s combine our resources to offer the greatest choice for students.
It’s about CHANGE.
Alberta has changed. We’re not the same province we were a century ago, but we’ve always been an innovative, pioneering province. As rural communities decline, and urban communities grow and emerge, our education system needs better ways to respond to increasingly diverse community needs.
Let’s create a system that reflects today’s Alberta.
It’s about COMMUNITY.
Competing systems lead communities to become divided by culture, faith, language and other interests, instead of capitalizing on those differences to build stronger communities. Schools may miss out on programming opportunities because they don’t have enough students. Some families take their children to school outside their community, limiting the ability of neighbours to connect with each other through day-to-day experiences.
Let’s work together to foster connections and diversity.
It’s about CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
The more than 700,000 students in Alberta should be the focus of our conversations. Parents, teachers, community organizations, government and all committed Albertans need to come together to give them access to optimal learning. All Albertans benefit from a strong education system, now and in the future.
Let’s offer students the best educational experience possible.