EPSB Advocacy Priorities & Public Education Forum

7PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4:  EDUCATION FORUM at THE CENTRE FOR EDUCATION

(1 Kingsway Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 4G9 (Edmonton Public School Board Offices))

On April 4 our school board is hosting an Education Forum with representatives from all political parties. Lesley Macdonald will moderate the evening, and I encourage you to attend and bring a friend!

Whether or not you are able to attend, you can submit questions for the forum by visiting: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J592QHW To attend, register by March 30: http://www.epsbeducationforum.eventbrite.ca If unable to attend personally, you can view the webcast of the forum at: http://www.livestream.com”/edmontonpublicschools

It’s looking like it could be one of the most competitive races Alberta has seen in a long, long time.

So when the candidates come to knocking on your door, ask their opinion on some of these important issues.

Our four key advocacy priorities for the election period are:

1)      Adequate, sustainable, predictable funding for public education –  In terms of predictability, the recent three-year commitment by the Province is a great start.  Meeting the needs of all students continues to be complex, challenging, and rewarding work.  It requires, however, enough funding to build staff capacity and supply the supports and resources needed in the classroom to meet the varying needs of students (from gifted and talented students to FNMI students to English Language Learners to special education students, etc.).

2)      Funding for public education needs to be viewed an investment, not an expense — investing today will lead Alberta to greater prosperity in the future. It will also reduce crime and unemployment in the future.

3)      More flexibility in both infrastructure funding and formulas is needed – this would enable us to create meaningful long-term partnerships  and better allow our schools to operate as community hubs.

4)      Mandated Half-Day Kindergarten for all students AND fully funded Full-Day Kindergarten for students with socio-economic vulnerabilities  – because early learning is critical to students’ lifelong success and we want to ensure all kids are “ready to learn” when they hit Grade 1.