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Hello from an Edmonton public school board meeting with a loaded agenda. 13 members of the public are scheduled to speak today. (For school board, that's loads). Link for nerds: epsb.ca/ourdistrict/bo… #abed #epsb
I'm fighting with the internet right now, so live tweeting may or may not work well today. Board chair @TrishEstabrooks kicks off the meeting noting the climate strike coming on Friday. Teens and post-sec students expected to rally at the legislature. #abed #ableg
@TrishEstabrooks Tomorrow morning, they're going to demolish part of Highlands school to make way for a new addition, and Estabrooks said the education minister will be there. (I guess I will be, too, then?) Estabrooks plans to remind minister of substantial need for new schools in #yeg #abed
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New: the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said plaintiffs are discontinuing their legal challenge of Alberta school legislation now that the UCP government has replaced the School Act with the Education Act. #abed #ableg
The JCCF has claimed legislation (Bill 24) brought in by the former NDP government violated the charter rights of parents and schools. They were particularly concerned about school staff being prevented from telling families a child was in a gay-straight alliance. #abed #ableg
To be clear, privacy legislation still prevents school staff from disclosing a kid’s GSA membership in most instances, as does the teachers’ code of conduct. #abed #ableg
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Amended Alberta Education Act comes in effect today.
Here's how #UCP have expanded religious privilege, while rolling back protections against vulnerable #LGBTQ youth in particular.
Also note how ridiculously unfair the Catholic system is to non Catholics.
#abed #abpoli
2/ To recap;
Non-Catholics over-pay for Catholic schools.
Not only do non-Catholics pay for them ($2,000,000,000 yr), they also have to subsidise shortfall in directed Catholic property taxes ($450,000,000 yr) & inefficiency of running two systems ($200,000,000 yr).
Despite this>
3/ Non-Catholic students & families can & are turned away from Catholic schools, even if it is their closest school.
Non-Catholic parents can't vote in board elections.
Non-Catholics can't run as trustees (although Catholics can in Public schools).
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So I did some looking at curriculum dates.

Here’s what our teachers and kids are working with:

ELA - 2003
Social - 2005
Science - 2005
Bio - 2007
Chem - 2007
Physics - 2007
Math - 2008
FSL - 2007
Languages - 2006
Art - 1986
Drama - 1989
Band - 1991
CALM - 2002
Phys Ed - 2000
In what other field is it acceptable to keep doing the exact same thing for 10+ years without any kind of review or implementation of change?
Like imagine if, in medicine, the potential for updates existed but we were still doing heart transplants with the same instruments and technologies as in the 60s?
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I’m here at beautiful St. Teresa of Calcutta School in my riding. Minister @AdrianaLaGrange has just announced her curriculum advisory panel. Where are the voices of teachers? There’s not a single current K-12 teacher on the panel. Teachers are the experts. #abed #ableg #abpoli
And what does the creation of this panel mean for timelines? Further delay for a K-4 curriculum that was ready to be tested in classrooms; a curriculum that involved incredibly extensive engagement. Hundreds of thousands of Albertans were consulted.
The Minister is asked about ending the MOU with @albertateachers. She reiterates that the agreement was too restrictive. Clearly, given the composition of this panel, teachers’ voices are not a priority for this UCP government.
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The UCP government has been in power for 100 days.

As the official opposition, we have some questions.

#100daysofKenney #AbLeg
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1/ Last night my daughter and 4 classmates were doing their homework via video chat. The assignment was to research a candidate from the list of party leaders, and how their platforms fit with how they see their World shaping ahead of them. #ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed
2/ The group was given @jkenney, and @Dave_Khan to choose from, and based on initial research, they chose @jkenney due to availability of information.

They found a website called meetjasonkenney.ca and asked me if it was all true.

#ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed
3/ I instructed them to do the assignment an research the points on the website to determine if they were true. I helped with general search terms for Google when they got stuck, and only that. Making their own determination was crucial. #ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed
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Alright. Let's dissect one element of the Charles Adler interview with UCP Leader Jason Kenney tonight, in which he discusses replacing Alberta's School Act with the Education Act, which would undo extra GSA+ privacy protections in Bill 24. #ableg #abvote #abed
(Not sure what I'm on about? See this story for background: edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new… ) #abed #ableg #abvote
In tonight's Adler interview, Kenney says of the Education Act, as modified by Bill 10 of 2015: "That law is the strongest legal protection for GSAs of any province in Canada. Your province, British Columbia, has no such law. There’s only Manitoba and Ontario.” #abed #abvote
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Another day, another education-related announcement that shows the #UCP didn't do their homework and didn't listen to what we shared with them about the work school districts are already doing on career education and skilled trades. #abed #ableg #abvote
The NAIT Collegiate project was initiated through an agreement between #EPSB, #ECSD, and #NAIT in 2014. We've been waiting for Blatchford redevelopment and also have had to prioritize high school construction in south #yeg because space needs there are dire.
Our district, #EPSB, also already offers the Career Pathways model to all students to help them begin thinking about life after high school from day 1. At this stage, they use My Blueprint to imagine their futures.
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Last year, I did an interview with @MikeTheJourno about the GSA battle in the 2017 school board election. You can read that article here: dailyxtra.com/how-edmonton-b… #ableg #abvote #abed
At the end of the article, I mused: Will the UCP [United Conservative Party] include a repeal of the bill in their platform, or have we finally moved past this?”

It's quite clear now that we haven't.
And I don't really know why any party wants to re-fight this battle again during the provincial election, especially with how decisive the results were in #yegvote and how badly their proxy candidates lost on the issue.
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I want to talk about covering the cost of enrolment growth through finding efficiencies in administration. Trustees think about this a lot. Here's an #epsb report on operational efficiency for 2018/19 (we do this annually). 1/13 #abed #ableg #abvote epsb.ca/media/epsb/our…
As you can see, we look hard at our internal practices and seek external partnerships to improve our use of operational resources, especially when it comes to district administration. It's an important bit of our fiduciary responsibility as trustees to use public funds well. 2/13
We're pretty lean in #EPSB as admin goes. While the provincial cap is set at 3.6% of district budget, we run at 3.2%. That's lower than charities (where admin spending is usually seen as efficient at 5-10%). Admittedly, different sector, but it's enlightening to compare. 3/13
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Jason Kenney just listed the planks of the UCP's education platform in Calgary. Highlight: UCP would replace the School Act with the unproclaimed Education Act. #ableg #abed
It would erase the gay-straight alliance and LGBTQ protection changes in Bill 24 qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts…
Bill 24 of 2017 amended the School Act, but not the unproclaimed Education Act, to require school principals "immediately" grant permission for students to create a gay-straight alliance or similar school extracurricular club when requested. #abed #ableg #abvote
Bill 24 also expanded requirements so public, private and charter schools all had to adopt policies protecting LGBTQ students and staff and post them publicly and prominently. #abvote #ableg #abed assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_fi…
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I'm following the Alberta Party again today on the #abvote campaign trail. Leader @SMandel_AB will announce at 10:30 a.m. he plans to double the number of educational assistants in schools while reducing class sizes. #ableg #abed
The Alberta Party is promising a "boost in funding for inclusive education." Current provincial budget for inclusive education is $461 million. Some smaller school boards have said they divert $ from other areas to meet the needs of students with disabilities. #abed #ableg
Mandel’s education announcement is at Al Mustafa Academy in SE #yeg. Not sure if this is a signal about his position on private schools, or because of public school rules about no political campaigning on grounds. #abed #ableg
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Student safety is our government’s top priority. Students should be able to go to school every day without being harassed by people with graphic images.
@shoffmanAB announced today our government will consider amending legislation to extend abortion protest bubble zones around K-12 schools in Alberta.

This isn't about freedom of speech, this is about freedom from intimidation tactics being used on children.
Our government has already passed a bill to establish a 50-metre zone around health-care facilities providing abortion services. I’m now committing that we will look to extend that safe zone to include our K-12 schools.
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The report also alleged the Principal told students that not just anyone could come in the school and present, they had to fall under the catholic mission, and referenced the KKK in comparison. #abed #ableg
The Principal told students they should be vested in protecting all minorities, not gays and lesbians.
The Principal told students they were in a catholic context (despite the board being catholic and public).
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Calling all teachers!!! What are your biggest challenges teaching Indigenous content in your classes? What would make it easier? Comment or email us: unreserved@cbc.ca
Also, we are happy to hear amazing success stories!
Keep the ideas coming #teachers we want to hear some best practices or breakthroughs you’ve made! #education
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[Thread] Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and after that things start to get fishy. In the last 5 days, I have seen 4 stories about systemic anti-LGBT bias in our Catholic School Districts in Alberta. #abed #ableg #abpoli #LGBTQ /1
The first is about a book that a former Calgary teacher started writing about 10 years ago, and it sounds a lot like McDonald's book 'Armageddon Factor' from 2010:

globalnews.ca/news/4741818/f…

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The second story is about a CCSD principal who believes she was pushed out of her job by administration because of her sexual orientation:

calgary.ctvnews.ca/former-princip…

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I have decided to resign from the Alberta Education Social Studies Curriculum Working Group (CWG). It was not an easy decision as I am deeply committed to designing the best possible Social Studies curriculum for the students, teachers, and people of Alberta #abed /1
I have resisted resigning and publicly criticizing the draft curriculum and curriculum redesign process because I am frightened about what a Jason Kenney-led UCP government might do to the social studies curriculum and K-12 education in #abed should they get into power /2
Since joining the Social Studies CWG in the fall of 2016 I have repeatedly defended Alberta Education from unfair and inaccurate criticism about both the curriculum writing process and the draft social studies curricula from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal. /3
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#backtoschool

Always talk with teachers about third party presenters. Your child deserves medically ethical, accurate, LGBT inclusive comprehensive health education.

Organizations listed below cannot provide it because they are agenda based.
#edchat #ata #abed
New national guidelines for sexual health education are coming.

Anti-choice organizations cannot meet this criteria.

sieccan.org/sexual-health-…
Most antichoice presentations are provided by pregnancy care centres that are affiliated with the Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services (CAPSS) & must sign Core Documents including the following:

(Note: these groups define most contraception as abortifacient )
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Since a copy of the DRAFT curriculum outline has been posted on Scribd, we can now compare it with @DavidStaplesYEG' column yesterday.

scribd.com/document/38416…
edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new…
Right off the top, we find this little gem from Mr. Staples:
Which, Mr. Staples has clearly taken out of context by ignoring that it is part of a principle about understanding others through their stories:
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So @DavidStaplesYEG, the @EdmontonJournal columnist with an uncanny ability to deliver the very hottest of not-even-wrong takes, offers a column on the new K-4 Social Studies curriculum that is astonishing in the multitudinous ways it manages to bungle the details. #abed #ableg
So let's start from the top. Staples alleged that the draft K-4 curriculum was being kept under wraps in order to something-something-NDP-bad, & not (say) b/c it's a prelim draft & this is just an early phase of the feedback & review process. #abed #ableg
It's a very early draft. It's expected to have rough edges, and that's why they're gathering initial feedback from the people that signed-up to participate in this preliminary review process. This stuff is completely routine, even mundane. #abed #ableg
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I am not a lawyer, but I'll try to break this down. As the QB twitter notes, this is not a final ruling on constitutionality, but a decision on an application for injunctive relief (a pause on enforcement) on GSA reqs in the School Act. #abed #abpoli
Hon. Justice Kubik applies a standard 3 part test for injunctive relief: 1) serious constitutional issue to be tried, 2) compliance w/provisions would result in irreparable harm, 3) if the injunction is granted, does the benefit to the applicant outweigh the potential harm? Screenshot of test for injunctive relief from the decision PDF.
For part 1 on section 16.1 of the School Act, Kubik finds that there is a serious constitutional issue. Again this isn't a decision on that issue, just a confirmation that the conflict between parents' and childrens' Charter rights is important enough to consider in court. Screenshot of the decision - Kubik is
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Reading the decision of Court of Queen's Bench Justice JC Kubik which dismisses an application from @ParentChoiceAB, @JCCFCanada and a number of private schools for an injunction against #Bill24. #abed
Read it here: albertacourts.ca/docs/default-s…
"GSAs are voluntary student organizations. Children are not required to participate in them. The Act in no way restricts the right of parents or schools to continue to impart their religious and moral values to their children" #abed #Bill24 2/x
A quote from the SCC, contained in Kubik's decision: "When children encounter people with value different from their own, this does not violate freedom of religion as they are not being asked to abandon their own convictions" #abed #Bill24 3/x
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Ok, one more tweet thread on #ucpagm then I gotta be done for the night.

I’m including Kikki and Dr Jay, why? Because we see eye to eye, agree on most shit, I like them, and unashamedly, I hope the message gets lifted.

This thread is about kids

My kids
Your kids
Albertans kids
Parents

You don’t own your kids.

Yes, the are “yours” but they are not YOURS.

Yes, the creator gave them to you to take care of

No, you do not own them

Our world struggled with the ownership of PEOPLE for years, in some places it still does, but not in a democratic society
So this three is about #abed, #ableg our schools, parenting and the work I have dedicated the last 25 years of my life to.

I have 4 kids

Right there we gotta take a look at the language trick we play on ourselves. I say, I have 4 kids, but that isn’t about ownership.
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