Education gets poor grades
On Nov. 20 Minister Eggen said. “We know that having local decisions on the ground actually makes life better for kids and makes life better for Alberta families today.”
He was slamming moves by other provinces to eliminate and amalgamate school boards.
Apparently the irony of Minister Eggen’s statement escapes him. He sees no need to eliminate school boards; instead his party simply passes legislation that takes local decision-making out of the hands of locally elected trustees.
Effective local anti-bullying policies insufficient to reflect NDP values pass provincewide legislation. Local Alberta families/parents choose alternative faithbased programming — withdraw funding. 18,000 parents petition to change curricular programming methodology — continue to make offending methodology the centre of new legislated curriculum.
No, Minister Eggen, local educational decision making in Alberta disappeared long ago; it has taken your government’s heavy-handed approach to demonstrate to other provinces that there is a less obvious way to achieve the same outcome.
RICHARD DIETRICH, MEDICINE HAT