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A tale of two headlines, months apart.

To deal with *labour shortages* “The Alberta government invested $8 million earlier this fall to create 69 “micro-credential programs” over two years.” After “$690 million worth of cuts they have imposed on post-secondary schools.” #abed ImageImage
“The @albertaNDP supports micro-credential programs, but the program is a tiny fraction of the $690 million worth of cuts they have imposed on #abpse schools. The #UCP’s] policies leave Albertans behind.”—@davideggenAB

calgary.citynews.ca/2022/12/02/alb…
“For @UCalgary students, funding cuts have contributed to an increase in annual tuition of 25% over the cost 4 years ago.”

“If word gets out that the government’s not funding universities, colleges properly, then people just won’t come,”—@davideggenAB

theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta…
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An example of ableism in education in Alberta.
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When covid first shut everything down how many could tell you how many education supports like EA's, SLP's and OTs were laid off? 126,000 ring a bell. Which kids did they support the most? Kids with disabilities.
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What happened to the funding normally used to pay for them all if most were laid off? I mean Adrianna did make a statement on how it would go to supporting covid costs being used to protect students in schools. Few outside those laid off or the students impacted complained.
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My son was forgotten for the last 4 months of his kinder year... and had PUF funding just gone. How many kids did that happen too? Considering 1 EA will support multiple children.
I mean there were rallies but mostly just parents and those impacted by the lay offs.
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Hey @EPSBNews this survey you're about to send out... the one you claim is a Pillar goal for diversity, equity and inclusion....
Why did you leave out disabilities?
The survey is to learn how to better support learners and you left this entire demographics out?
#abed #ableg
Did we assume children with disabilities wouldn't be able to answer the questions ? Did we leave them out for a reason?
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More than three quarters of Edmonton public schools had more than 10 per cent of students absent due to illness at last count - the trigger for AHS to investigate an outbreak.

No, this is not typical of pre-pandemic cold and flu seasons, doctors say #abed
cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…
Why are we relying on school absence counts to gauge the scale of this issue?

Because something changed in the last week. AHS will no longer release numbers of school outbreaks. They referred Qs to Alberta Health, who did not answer any messages. #ableg

cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…
Although the number of school outbreaks in Calgary a week ago was lower than in Edmonton, school boards there are now reporting climbing absentee rates, as @tsimmonscbc reports cbc.ca/news/canada/ca… #ableg #abed
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On Twitter, in response to the #Rally4Ed in Edmonton, Jim Simpson @EMJS10 asked - When people say, ‘save public education’, what do they mean? What needs saving? Who needs saving?
A vital question requires an answer. What sets public school education apart? #ABEd @SOSAlberta
What characteristics & project makes public school education unique, vital, and attractive, compared to state-funded denominational education, charter and other private schools, or home schooling? Why does public school education have value worth defending? @schill_dawg #Ableg
Two caveats. First, this is a summary of more extensive arguments I have been making for more than 40 years. Second, I am describing the ideal system of public school and it doesn’t exist anywhere. But it is pursued with passion in many communities.
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Tomorrow is the Day for #TruthandReconciliation – a day to acknowledge the histories and legacies of residential schools, and to honour the survivors, their families & communities. It aligns with #OrangeShirtDay, which carries a very important message: #EveryChildMatters. (1/4) Image
#AB’s government is committed to walking the path of reconciliation together with Indigenous peoples. Commemorating the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of this process. (2/4)
Now is a time for us to learn more about the residential school system and to continue our work toward reconciliation. I invite all #AbEd schools to participate in activities led by the @NCTR_UM and the AB Regional Consortia #ARPDC. (3/4)
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Because Alberta diverts almost $300 MILLION per year FROM public education to subsidize elite private schools—to subsidize the rich—there is less funding to support your child. (See linked thread below.)

Albertans have been conditioned to accept this instead of being outraged
The diversion of tax money to from public education to subsidize the rich is why Alberta public schools have some of the highest school fees and highest bus fees in the country. 🧵👇

When funding was given out for covid supports, elite for-profit private schools like Webber Academy received hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars in subsidies.
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There appears to be some revisionist history going on about the support from educators and academics for Alberta's new elementary school math and English language arts curriculum, now mandatory for K-3 across the province. #ableg #abed Here is some info to be mindful of 🧵
You, the citizens of Alberta, paid for many, many independent analyses of these curriculums, by school boards, academics, and education groups. Many of these were published in 2021 and early 2022. They looked at the first UCP-led drafts. #abed
Here's one from the Alberta School Boards' Association, commissioned by the government. Here's what it concluded about ELA and math curriculum (2021 version) #ableg #abed

open.alberta.ca/dataset/8f8d3b…
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It’s disappointing to see some individuals within the education system and the public playing politics on what for many is the first day back at school. School authorities are extremely well-funded. 1/5 #AbEd
In fact, they are being funded at record levels and have saved tens of millions in operating reserves. I’m pleased to see that many school authorities have decided to spend those dollars in the classroom where they belong, and are hiring 1600 new teachers and support staff. 2/5
I understand that bringing in an entirely new funding model in 2019, just before the pandemic, has been a learning curve for everyone. That is why we said from the very beginning we would be listening to school authorities and making changes as needed. 3/5
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Travis Toews right now at the Ed. choice forum: “I would fund transportation for students to go to private schools, and increase capital funding for charter schools.” #AbEd
Brian Jean: “We need to get back where we were 25 years ago in education. There are good and bad things in the draft curriculum. Math and ELA got some good reviews. Some concepts were age inappropriate. The grade 5-6 drama curriculum has some odd things.”
BJ: “Albertans were outraged when the NDP politicized the curriculum. So let’s get politics out of it.” 🙄
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This is damning. By removing prov mask mandates last yr, Alberta set up an internal experiment between schools boards. The province's own analyses found:

"School boards without mask mandates have 3 times more outbreaks in their schools, on average."
(Feb. 7/22) #ABEd
Case rates and hospitalization rates were also lower in areas with mask mandates.

All this time, they sat on AB-specific data re: masking & schools, directly linked to local communities. But politics prevailed & 'leaders' ignored evidence from the same experiment they created.
The source starts on p 73 of this court-ordered document that was just published

dropbox.com/s/0hnig08elapj…
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🧵Well, here we are #Hellberta. My husband can have known Covid positive students in his class, unmasked infecting anyone. @albertateachers this is a workplace health and safety issue, you have failed your membership since February. School boards for much longer.
I dare any of you to look my medically at risk 2 year old in the eye & tell her she is worth burying your heads in the sand. You know there are teachers and students with significant health conditions in your schools today,who you have FAILED to keep safe, just so parents aren’t
mad at you for using evidence to inform policy. Masks work. Isolation works. Sick kids should not be at school. After the hell of the last two years, this has been the worst part; people expecting my husband to show up and shut up about the risks to his daughter
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From the DM’s…

LONG thread on the current teachers vote and how our province got here…

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#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli #abed
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The continued #ableg cuts to education are not impacting all #abed students equally. I’m popping back on Twitter to speak to what I've seen happening. I'm writing this thread as a parent and past Trustee. I'm writing it to share what I learned and what I wish I did differently.🧵
Before I start, the language in budgets of “students who need specialized supports” includes students with disabilities, refugee students, and english language learners. But I want to name that the main conversation I'm having here is regarding students with disabilities.
Here’s the basics.

The Alberta government provides funds to school boards based on a set of formulas. They publish these formulas publicly:
open.alberta.ca/dataset/8f3b49…
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Yesterday a girl in my teen's class was rushed to hospital. This is REAL, common & serious long-term illness after COVID.
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"I've been in classes where my heart rate will be going crazy and then somebody in class might say, 'Oh, I've had that too."
globalnews.ca/news/8678069/a… #abed
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Many people who had minor covid symptoms - like a cold - get better but then mysteriously get fatigue, brain fog, easily winded, heart races. These can start soon or later after having covid.
Note: My teen's classmate isn't the one in the news article above #LongCovidKids
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Many doctors aren't even aware and kids are left with no support or don't even know it is a real condition that was caused by "that little covid cold" they had a while ago.
We can't let this continue. Kids need help! People need to know that getting covid isn't just a cold
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Did you know AB Ed @AdrianaLaGrange cut funding to AB School Council Assoc (ASCA) @ABschoolcouncil by whopping 75%, greatly affecting all AB parents’ ability to have a voice & strength of collective? #abed #abpoli #ableg #education #parents #school #council #community 1/
Did you know AB ED @AdrianaLaGrange formed “Parent Advisory” consisting of 40 AB (handpicked?) parents? Why? ASCA @ABschoolcouncil has formed collective voice for ~90 yrs that represents ALL AB School Councils available to ALL AB parents #abed #abpoli #ableg #education 2/
ASCA is non-profit & drastically slashed budget to survive. Looking at budget breakdown during AGM today, over 50% provides learning opportunities/professional development so parent volunteers can do their legislated jobs on school council #abed #abpoli #parents #volunteers 3/
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The #UCP took the opinions of a physician and math researcher and turned it into the #AbEd math curriculum.

Literally the two in this article
ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/…
If you don’t know what an unbounded norm convergence in a banache lattice is then you now understand the problem with the #AbEd Math Curriculum.

It wasn’t made by primary education teachers, it wasn’t designed for our kids.

math.ualberta.ca/~vtroitsky/pap…
Financial literacy that only introduces investing is harmful to our children.

There are many scams they will fall prey to if they can’t think critically about long-term value.

This is why investing requires more developmental growth. #AbEd
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No single person has done more to set back Math education in Alberta and the development of confident learners ready to tackle the problems of the future than @nhungtrandavies … no wonder she has partnered with the govt on this disastrous new curriculum!
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#AbEd #MathEd
Let me take 1/60 of an hr to dissect this tweet that was designed to mislead and misinform…
She’s a person of science (a medical doctor) but that’s a broad term. I have a BSc so I guess I’m a person of science too but that doesn’t qualify me to speak outside my expertise.
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Unlike the dr, my degrees are in math and education and I have taught math for 15+ yrs. I’m constantly reflecting on what I do, reviewing current research/practices, and tailoring my instruction to the needs of my students. I’m an active learner of the science of math ed.
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I FINALLY found the "discovery math" in the Alberta math curriculum...in 1936!
Alberta has always had a progressive curriculum...until the #UCP destroyed it for 100% ideological purposes

#DitchTheDraft #abed #ableg #abpoli
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The social studies outcomes are very colonialist and not desirable...but interesting to see that no one was bothered about the word "settler" in 1936 as seen in these sample sentences for reading instruction.
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A history thread on Don’t Say Gay in schools. 🏳️‍🌈🧑‍🎓

Did you know Alberta had its own “Don’t say Gay” legislation?

When Bill 44 was passed in 2009, it finally wrote sexual orientation into Alberta’s human rights legislation, but…

#ableg #abpoli #abed
This was a full 11 years after the Supreme Court of Canada, in Vriend v. Alberta, read sexual orientation into Alberta’s human rights statute.

At the time, Ralph Klein threatened to invoke the Charter’s notwithstanding clause to prevent basic human rights protections.
Meaning gay, lesbian and bisexual people could be fired from their jobs, denied housing, health care, and basic services.

This was all legal before 1998!!
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In Canada, wealthy families can place their children in expensive elite segregated schools to prevent them from getting to know the poor, and to shield them from the knowledge that the rich aren’t actually better than the poor.

Will you demand an end to school segregation?
In Alberta, the government subsidizes these elite segregated schools to the tune of hundreds of millions every year.

This is the cancer that feeds generations of Conservative children that they are better than; and more deserving than the poor.

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In spite of the gross advantage and welfare granted for the wealthy, it isn’t enough for Jason Kenney. He sees secular education as an obstacle to Conservative domination over society.

#abed

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Understand that Alberta is an oligarchy.

Sure things here might not be quite as bad as Russia or parts of the US, but that doesn’t make the way our petro-state oligarchy runs okay.

#ableg #cdnpoli
#BoycottUCPdonors
Government officials frequently wear hoodies declaring their loyalty to #oilandgas oligarchs.

It’s pathetic how out-in-the-open this is, yet people do nothing. Image
This relationship means hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars are transferred from the public to private hands every year in the name of #oilandgas.

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Budget address time!

Mostly so far a bragging list of companies that have come to Alberta and projects that have started.

#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
Toews invokes Ukraine and pivots to ethical oil.

We’re staying classy is seems.
From the health budget, everything stays the same or gets a bump except for Support services and Physician Compensation and development.

That should attract and retain docs to Alberta…

#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
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