Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association congratulates Premier Designate Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP on becoming Alberta’s next majority government. Congratulations also to Brian Jean and the Alberta Wildrose on becoming Alberta’s Official Opposition.
The 2015 Alberta Provincial Election presented a significant historical change in Alberta’s political history. The ACSTA looks forward to working with all political parties to ensure Alberta’s publicly-funded Catholic education system remains world-class.
With the upcoming May 5, 2015 provincial election, Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) posed three questions to all of the political party leaders to gauge their views on education in Alberta, and in particular, how their views impact Catholic education.
The three questions are based on topics that we believe interest the greater Catholic education community. All responses are posted below.
We believe that Catholic Schools will be able to work with the legislation passed in the legislature on March 10, 2015. Every child is a child of God who is valued and respected and every child will continue to have a place where they feel welcome as an important member of our community.
Alberta’s Catholic Schools have always supported our most vulnerable students as evidenced with our Safe and Caring Learning Environments policy. We anticipated the amendments in Bill 10, and accordingly, our Catholic superintendents proactively began to develop the more comprehensive LIFE Framework – a guideline for student advocacy, peer support, or counselling groups. As a result, every student will have a safe place where they feel supported. We will be able to help all students who are struggling.
The amendments allow local schools and school boards the flexibility needed to respond to students needs at a local level. The legislation now addresses all vulnerable students, something our organization has been advocating since the bill was initially introduced.