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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
However, if an Alberta government proclaimed the Education Act, replacing the School Act, British Columbia's rules (via ministerial orders) would require more LGBTQ policy protections at private schools than Alberta's rules. #ableg #abvote #abed
British Columbia has the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order (last updated 2016) which appears to apply to public school boards, and the Harassment and Bullying Prevention Order, 2016, which says it applies to independent schools www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/edu… #abed #ableg
(Sorry, apparently you can't tweet a PDF document, so I might have to look for a direct link to that document later). #abed
Here's what B.C.'s Harassment Bullying and Prevention Order for independent schools says: that each independent school must a have a harassment and bullying prevention policy #abed #abvote #ableg
B.C. MO also says the private school's policy must include "a reference to the protection of students’ physical safety, social connectedness,
inclusiveness and protection from all forms of bullying, regardless of their
... sexual orientation or gender identity;" #abvote #abed
(I only added that ellipsis above for tweet space, not because race, religion, etc are superfluous)
If Alberta tossed the School Act for the Education Act, Alberta's private schools would not be required to have policies outlining students' rights and protections under the AB Human Rights Act and privacy legislation. #abed #ableg #abvote
If Alberta tossed the School Act for the Education Act, Alberta's private schools would not be required to have codes of conduct outlining the expectations and consequences of students regarding bullying, as B.C. does. #abed #ableg #abvote
B.C. took a non-legislative route compared to Alberta and introduced something called SOGI 123 ( it was super contentious during some BC school board elections, news watchers may remember). bc.sogieducation.org #abed #ableg #abvote
In an email to me last week, a B.C. education ministry spokesman said: "Every school board and independent school in B.C. must have codes of conduct and anti-bullying policies that are SOGI-inclusive." #abed #ableg #abvote
In a follow-up email, he told me: "All 60 Boards of Education and all Independent School Authorities in B.C. have now updated their codes of conduct and anti bullying policies to incorporate SOGI." #abed #abvote #ableg
(How good of a job the boards and schools did incorporating the spirit of the guidelines -- I have no idea. Perhaps someone from B.C. can chime in on that). #abed #ableg #abvote
On forming gay-straight alliances, the B.C. SOGI guide says: "Students will be included and accommodated in all extra-curricular activities regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, including support to set up a Gay-Straight Alliance." #abed #ableg
Here's what the B.C. government tells boards and schools are "best practices" for respecting sexual orientation and gender identity: (of course I can't link this bloody PDF either, GAH) #abed #ableg #abvote
Highlights of the B.C. SOGI guidelines relevant to the Alberta conversation: "Students have the right to confidentiality of their official and/or preferred sex, gender, and name.
In class: Staff will not expose sexual orientation, gender identity/ gender expression of students"
Also: "Classroom materials and activities contain positive images and accurate information about sexual and/or gender diversity, SOGI history and culture which reflects accomplishments and contributions of transgender and gender
nonconforming people." #abed #ableg #abvote
On forming a gay-straight alliance, Alberta's (unproclaimed, UCP supported) Education Act appears to go into more detail than the B.C. policy (I found the link, yay static1.squarespace.com/static/58056b6…): #abed #ableg #abvote
I also asked the B.C, education ministry about "outing" students. Spokesman said: "The B.C. School Act outlines the right of a parent to be informed of a child’s attendance, behaviour and progress in school. ..." (1/2) #abed #ableg #abvote
(B.C. ed spox continues:) "... The (B.C.) School Act does not give a parent unqualified entitlement to all information about a student, and it does not contemplate reporting on a student’s participation in a GSA specifically." #abed #abvote #ableg
So, when Kenney says, "That law (Alberta's Education Act) is the strongest legal protection for GSAs of any province in Canada," a fact-checker might say he has chosen those words carefully. #abed #ableg #abvote
I should also say the B.C. ministry of education said schools and boards are responsible for following privacy laws (same as Alberta), re: outing LGBTQ students. #ableg #abed #abvote
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