Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has just announced all K-12 schools will move to online classes on Friday until May 25. #abed #ableg
Other restrictions Kenney has just announced:
- post-secondary classes must happen online
- workplaces with outbreaks must close for 10 days* (with exemptions for essential services)
- Retail stores must have max 10% fire code occupancy #ableg
-Outdoor social gatherings now limited to 5 people, down from 10 - also please limit this to one or two other households
-Places of worship limited to 15 people in person
-Funerals limited to 10 people in person #ableg
Starting Sunday:
-Hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, personal services must close
- Patio and in-person dining prohibited: take out and delivery only
- Outdoor sports - only with people you live with
- Dentist, doctor, health professionals - by appointment only #ableg
The AB government is doubling the base fine for violating health restrictions to $2,000 from $1,000.
Kenney says there will also be tougher enforcement for repeat offenders. #ableg
Some clarity on where this applies: all restrictions apply to communities with >50 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population, and a minimum of 30 active cases in the community. #ableg
For schools, from the news release: "Exceptions will continue to be available for students with disabilities so they can continue to attend in-person classes as necessary." #ableg #abed
As of today there's a list of 42 communities/areas that fall below the case threshold. Mostly municipal districts/counties/small towns. They must return to "Step 0" of the re-opening plan. #ableg
Previously, tighter health restrictions were limited to places with 350 cases per 100,000 people and 250 active cases of COVID-19, so the new threshold is much lower. #ableg
NDP leader Rachel Notley is speaking now.
She says this announcement should have helped but it has just created more confusion. Are restrictions provincial or regional? If regional, it's a profound failure, and political, not science, she says. #ableg
Measures for slightly more than two weeks is also confusing, and will create more uncertainty for small businesses, Notley says. She calls on government to front more support to businesses affected by measures. #ableg
Notley says the rising number of cases in Alberta schools is due to the government's failure to provide adequate resources to operate schools safely. She repeats call for a fund for families with kids schooling online. #Ableg
Notley said once again Kenney has failed to introduce sick pay to keep people with symptoms out of the workplace. This could reduce the spread, she said. The NDP would support such a bill in the legislature, she said. #ableg
Notley says she expects to hear complaints from more UCP MLAs who oppose the new restrictions. She calls on the premier to kick any rogue MLAs opposed to restrictions out of the government caucus. #ableg
Notley says she's troubled by Kenney's comments that he wants greater enforcement for repeat offenders.
"So you get your first rodeo free," she says.
(Background:…) #ableg
Alberta gov't news conference on new restrictions will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday:
Jason Kenney, Premier
Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education
Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, CMOH #ableg

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3 May
NEW: Superintendent Robert Martin says Edmonton Catholic Schools will not pilot the draft K-6 curriculum.
“We believe that the conditions have not been met for a quality piloting process.”
Based on focus groups, surveys with 1,026 teachers, curriculum consultants, admins #abed
The division has prepared a 173-page report and recommendations for revisions to the draft K-6 curriculum. Board now discussing a motion to forward this to the education minister. Report near bottom of this page: #abed #ableg
The motion to send ECSD's analysis of the draft curriculum to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, along with recommendations for improvement, passes unanimously. #ableg #abed
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6 Apr
A University of Calgary plagiarism expert says Alberta's whole draft K-6 curriculum should be reviewed by government after she found several instances of uncredited material within the documents. #abed #ableg…
"This was not accidental plagiarism," Prof. Sarah Elaine Eaton said. "There's too much of it in this curriculum ... The people developing this curriculum should have known better." #ableg #abed
Here's Eaton's blog post where she shows her analysis of three curriculum passages and their original sources:…
#abed #ableg
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2 Apr
By request, here are some tweets and sources about international test results and curriculum.
In their curriculum press release earlier this week, the government included Alberta's ranking over time in two international tests called TIMSS and PIRLS. #abed…
The Alberta gov't press release doesn't explain why they're including these international rankings -- perhaps they are insinuating there is a link between curriculum, the old ministerial order on student learning, and these rankings. #ableg #abed
That's a bit tricky because in AB's current curriculum, different subjects were written (and updated) at different times. The controversial math one is from 2007, with 2016 updates by the former NDP in response to parent pushback… #ableg #abed
Read 21 tweets
31 Mar
Some folks had observed yesterday that one of the outcomes in the Alberta draft curriculum had changed between the documents' release on Monday morning and the version online by Tuesday. #ableg #abed I asked the minister's office about this...
Justin Marshall, press secretary to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, said: "The unclear wording on the website was brought to our attention recently. This was obviously an oversight and we immediately directed the wording to be updated for clarity...." (1/2) #abed #ableg
(2/2) Marshall continues: "Diversity is our strength and Alberta’s draft K-6 curriculum reflects every Albertan across this province." He then included a quote from the co-chair of Alberta’s Anti-Racism Advisory Council, in support of diversity reflected in the draft docs. #ableg
Read 4 tweets
30 Mar
Premier Jason Kenney and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange are doing a Facebook Live right now on the new K-6 draft curriculum… #abed #ableg
Kenney is speaking about how transparent the UCP government has been in its curriculum development.

I have asked three times for the names of political and Alberta Education staff who are working on the curriculum.

They will not release those names. #ableg #abed
Kenney is now saying that some people want to teach a "distorted" version of Alberta and Canadian history that's too negative. This draft curriculum takes a more "balanced" approach to cultivate a sense of gratitude and pride. #ableg #abed
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29 Mar
Who wants to look at drafts of the K-6 curriculum, as crafted under Alberta's UCP government? Voila: #abed #ableg
Here's a quick first peek at what the K-6 curriculum has in store. We will add more detail and reaction here throughout the day.
#abed #ableg…
TL;DR: Six- and seven-year olds will be expected to learn about ancient Rome and ancient Greece, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, The Middle Ages, Anglo-Saxon England, The Silk Road, feudalism, the Magna Carta, Genghis Khan, and managing their money.
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