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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…
A group of religious schools, parents and other organizations have a court challenge against the Bill 24 changes. They say it infringes on religious rights. edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new… #abed #abvote #ableg
In December 2018, the Brooks Bulletin reported that Kenney said at a public meeting that Bill 24 legal challenge can be dropped if he is elected.
"David Eggen's war against independent schools ends the day after the election." Kenney reportedly said. #abed #ableg #ableg
More UCP education platform: the party will "embrace and expand" the model of school choice and focus on job-readiness skills. It will require clear and easily understandable report cards. (Some Calgarians have raised a ruckus over the CBE 1-4 grading system). #abed #ableg
A UCP government would "maintain or increase" education funding (no specifics provided on that, and I didn't hear the reporter questions because they cut the Facebook video feed). #abed #ableg #abvote
The UCP would expect school boards to decrease their administrative costs (right now boards are capped at spending 3.6 per cent of funding on admin). UCP wants more funding to front lines of education, Kenney said. #abed #abvote #ableg
The UCP would continue to build new schools, Kenney said. Would also order an immediate audit on how school boards have spent about $3 billion supposed to keep class sizes low. Here's background on that: #abed #ableg #abvote edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new…
Kenney said as premier, he would prioritize public infrastructure dollars to school and hospital construction projects. #abed #ableg #abvote
Kenney said he would repeal Ministerial Order 001-2013, ordered by former PC Education Minister Jeff Johnson. It speaks of focusing learning in Alberta on building competencies, not content, and learning through inquiry methods. education.alberta.ca/media/1626588/… #abed #ableg #abvote
Kenney's future education minister (I assume?) would decree a new, replacement ministerial order emphasizing the importance of teaching essential knowledge to students #abed #ableg #abvote
(It's a long platform, bear with me here). The UCP would "pause" the K-12 provincial curriculum review (not "shred," as Kenney previously said) to broaden consultation and include a wider range of perspectives. Background: edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/… #abed #ableg #abvote
Kenney said the K-12 curriculum should be written in plain language and contain more history and geography. He then quotes extensively from this July 2018 @DavidStaplesYEG column on the draft social studies curriculum #abed #ableg #abvote edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new…
The UCP would reform Alberta's standardized tests, including re-introducing the Grade 3 provincial achievement tests. The former PC government eliminated the Gr. 3 PATs in 2014 and replaced them with now-optional tests (SLAs). Bkgd: edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new… #abed #ableg #abvote
The UCP would add new provincial math assessments in Grades 1, 2 and 3 to help identify difficulties with math earlier on, Kenney said. #abvote #ableg #abed
The UCP would require teachers to be subject-area experts, he said, and this would include some work with post-secondary institutions that train teachers. I have questions about how this would apply to elementary teachers, or rural districts with limited # of Ts. #abed #ableg
The UCP would introduce a "Choice in Education Act," which would lift the 15-school cap on the number of charter schools in Alberta, Kenney said. That cap is in a regulation brought in by the PCs in the 1990s. #abed #ableg #abvote
Charter schools would be able to own property and would have a higher priority in using surplus school sites, Kenney said (School districts get designated plots of land, and if they don't need them, other districts have first dibs, then the municipality). #abed #ableg #abvote
If a UCP government would replace the School Act with the Education Act, then changes introduced in Bill 28 of 2017 are also up in the air. assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_fi… They included a standard kindergarten age requirement, tossing the 2.4 km school bus walk limit #abed #ableg #abvote
One piece of Bill 28 Kenney said the UCP would keep is new leadership quality standards coming in Sept. 2019. He did *not* mention the new teacher quality standards, which emphasize ability to teach about Indigenous issues edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new… #abed #ableg #ableg
Kenney said a UCP government would reduce the paperwork burden on teachers. Last time he mentioned this, he was referring to new student fee limits in Bill 1, which require schl boards to predict field trip fees, transport fees at start of year. edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new… #abed
Kenney also said the UCP would implement the recommendations of the 2014 Task Force for Teaching Excellence. One of the recommendations was to reduce the Alberta Teachers' Association's role in teacher regulation #abed #ableg #abvote
If anyone wants to read the 228-page Task Force For Teaching Excellence report, have at'er: open.alberta.ca/dataset/0c3c10… #abed
Here's some background on the Education Act of 2012, passed by the PC govt but unproclaimed. Urban school boards pushed Eggen not to proclaim it, because it would make a student's residence, not family residence, determine school attendance. #abed #ableg #abvote
Ha. I should probably include the link. Here's some background on the tussle over the unproclaimed Education Act of 2012. #abed #ableg #abvote edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new…
Just spoke with NDP Edmonton-Glenora candidate Sarah Hoffman, who said if Education Act enacted, as UCP would like, student could move to another residence to get into a highly desirable school, causing a boundaries nightmare for urban boards. #abed #ableg #abvote
Also, in the Q and A with reporters, Jason Kenney said there will be an announcement coming later that consent must be part of the sex education curriculum in schools. #abed #ableg #abvote
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