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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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[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:…

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

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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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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.…
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.……
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:…
"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

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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In this week’s advertising flyer log was this. So #abed private schools can afford to purchase a multi page advertorial, _AND_ have it distributed by admail as well ... hmmm ...
Personally, I've been a bit on the fence about this whole funding of private schools thing ... in part because I recognize that there are some private schools filling very valuable niches. /1
and then there is this pile of steaming garbage. Not only does this show that private schools collectively have a lot of money, but it makes me wonder just how much taxpayer money ultimately ended up supporting the creation of this clearly expensive flyer. /2
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