Education Act Presentation May 3 & 4


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New Education Act was introduced in Alberta Legislature on April 27. Presentation covers policy shits and legislative intent.

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Education Act Presentation May 3 & 4

  1. 1. Education Act A Primer on the new legislation May 2011March, 2010
  2. 2. Education Act and Policy Shifts• Represents input received through public engagements• Timelines and political context• Policy shifts discussed within three themes: 1. Boards engaging partners 2. Educational opportunities 3. Governance of education
  3. 3. Theme #1 - BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSOpportunity: The collaboration and cooperation of all partners inthe education system ensures the educational success of everystudent in Alberta.Education Act reference: Preamble, Section 33, 34, 50
  4. 4. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSNatural Person PowersOpportunity: Locally elected boards use their autonomy andflexibility to engage in or carry out any activity that is consistentwith the responsibilities of a board as outlined in the act.Education Act reference: Sections 33, 48, 50
  5. 5. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSResponsibilities and powers of school boardsOpportunity: Board responsibilities that reflect a student-centred focus and the principles of inclusiveness, fairness,diversity and excellence provide a strong basis for board actionand will assist all stakeholders in the education system tounderstand the work of locally elected boards.Education Act reference: Sections 11, 33, 48, 50
  6. 6. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSEngaging with educational partnersOpportunity: Educational opportunities for students areenhanced through the board’s engagement of students, parents,staff, the community and educational partners.Education Act reference: Preamble, Sections 33(1)(c)(f), 34(d),50(1)(c), 52
  7. 7. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSCaring, respectful and safe environments for students and staffOpportunity: Alberta’s schools are caring, respectful and safeenvironments for all students and staff.Education Act reference: Preamble, Sections 31(c), 32(d),33(1)(d), 33(2)
  8. 8. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSSpecialized supports and servicesOpportunity: Specialized supports and services are provided forall students determined by a board to be in need of thesesupports and services.Education Act reference: Preamble, Sections 11, 33(1)(e), 37, 39,40, 41
  9. 9. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSPrinciples of inclusive educationOpportunity: All students are included in one education systemthat takes responsibility for all students and focuses on theirstrengths and emphasizes what they can do.Education Act reference: Preamble, Section 33(1)(e)
  10. 10. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSBoard code of conductOpportunity: Boards determine locally a code of conduct whichsets the stage for the board to deal with trustee behavior andconduct issues.Education Act reference: Sections 33(1)(j), 34, 84
  11. 11. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSAppointment of superintendentOpportunity: The board has the authority to appoint thesuperintendent and to set out the process by which it will selectthe superintendent.Education Act reference: Sections 33(1)(i), 217-219
  12. 12. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSResponsibilities of trusteesOpportunity: A trustee’s primary responsibilities are clearlystated and understood.Education Act reference: Section 34
  13. 13. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSResponsibilities of parentsOpportunity: The responsibilities of parents are identified andsignal the important role parents play in their children’seducation.Education Act reference: Preamble, Section 32
  14. 14. BOARDS ENGAGING PARTNERSResponsibilities of studentsOpportunity: Students understand and demonstrate the activerole they play in their learning and the environment of thosearound them.Education Act reference: Section 31
  15. 15. Theme #2 - EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESOpportunity: The Education Act provides the legislativeframework for many new educational opportunities for studentsin Alberta.Education Act reference: Preamble, Sections 11, 33, 50
  16. 16. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESAge of accessOpportunity: Students will have additional time to successfullycomplete high school programming as the upper age limit hasbeen extended to 21 years.Education Act reference: Section 3
  17. 17. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESCompulsory attendanceOpportunity: By setting a higher expectation for attendance atschool more students will receive a high school credential.Education Act reference: Sections 7, 8
  18. 18. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESStudent residencyOpportunity: Every person who at September 1 in a year is sixyears of age or older and younger than 21 years of age who is aresident of Alberta and who has a parent who is a resident ofCanada is entitled to an education program as outlined in theact.Education Act reference: Sections: 3-5, 10, 11
  19. 19. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESECS programmingOpportunity: Coordinated early childhood learning based uponconsistent programming standards is in place for all children.Education Act reference: Sections 21, 39, 40, 53
  20. 20. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESFrancophone education programOpportunity: Francophone minority language rights guaranteedunder the Constitution of Canada are supported and moreclearly outlined.Education Act reference: Preamble, Sections 1(h)(i)(j)(k), 14, 15,121-132, 255(7)(8)(9)
  21. 21. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESAlternative programsOpportunity: Education in Alberta is as open as possible as itprovides high quality learning opportunities for students acrossthe province.Education Act reference: Preamble, Section 19
  22. 22. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESCharter schoolsOpportunity: Through their innovative approaches to educationand focus on research, charter schools provide educationalchoices and opportunities for parents and students.Education Act reference: Sections 24-28, 255(2)
  23. 23. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESEducation services agreementsOpportunity: Education services agreements between schoolboards and First Nations bands and/or the federal governmentinclude accountability for educational outcomes, the recognitionof the unique needs of First Nations students, and commit toengage all parties to the agreement.Education Act reference: Preamble, Section 60
  24. 24. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESSuspensions and expulsionsOpportunity: Students are taking responsibility for their ownactions and contributing to a caring, respectful and safeenvironment.Education Act reference: Sections 31, 35, 36, 40
  25. 25. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESDispute resolutionOpportunity: Matters of concern are dealt with and resolvedlocally by the people most directly affected.Education Act reference: Sections 38-41
  26. 26. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESAttendance boards and informal case-conferencingOpportunity: Through earlier and more encompassinginterventions at the local level greater success is achieved indealing with student attendance issues.Education Act reference: Sections 9, 42-47
  27. 27. Theme #3 - GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONOpportunity: Within the provincial framework provided by theEducation Act, local school boards are in the best position todetermine the needs of students and the programming neededto meet these needs.Education Act reference: Preamble, Sections 33, 34, 50
  28. 28. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONDistricts, divisions and regional divisions becoming divisionsOpportunity: The new act provides for all governance unitspresently known as school districts, school divisions and regionaldivisions to become school divisions.Education Act reference: Section 255(10)(11)
  29. 29. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONWard establishmentOpportunity: School boards determine the boundaries of wardsor electoral subdivisions.Education Act reference: Section 73, 255(4)(5)
  30. 30. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONSeparate school district establishmentOpportunity: Minority denominational rights, either Protestantor Roman Catholic, guaranteed under the Constitution of Canadaare honored.Education Act reference: Preamble, Sections 106-119
  31. 31. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONSeparate school elector choiceOpportunity: Separate School electors have choice as to whichjurisdiction, public or separate, they may vote or run for electionas a trustee.Education Act reference: Sections 71, 132
  32. 32. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONRegulations related to board governance and administrativeproceduresOpportunity: The Education Act has fewer procedural andadministrative sections and focuses more on students andmeeting their educational needs.Education Act reference: Part 4, Division Two, Sections 61-66
  33. 33. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONFeesOpportunity: Fees charged to students are clarified withinprinciples-based parameters.Education Act reference: Sections 54, 13
  34. 34. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONSchool closuresOpportunity: School boards are in the best position to makedecisions about school buildings which support studentachievement and make appropriate use of space.Education Act reference: Section 59
  35. 35. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONTransportationOpportunity: Boards have flexibility and are responsive to theneeds of their community in determining how to best providesafe and appropriate transportation to their students.Education Act reference: Section 50(2)(c)(ii), 56
  36. 36. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONAppointed trusteesOpportunity: The appointment of trustees where a vacancy hasoccurred between elections or where an education servicesagreement exists ensures greater representation ofstakeholders.Education Act reference: Sections 79, 81
  37. 37. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONBoard borrowingOpportunity: Circumstances in which a board is not required toobtain the prior approval of the Minister before borrowing foroperating or capital expenditures are clarified.Education Act reference: Section 176
  38. 38. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONAcquisition of propertyOpportunity: Boards are provided greater flexibility as related tothe acquisition of property.Education Act reference: Section 184
  39. 39. GOVERNANCE OF EDUCATIONPetitions, notice of public meetings, public meetings,regulationsOpportunity: Administrative sections of the act have beenremoved and will be placed in regulations.Education Act reference: Sections 242-245
  40. 40. EDUCATION PROFESSIONSOpportunity: A review of this part of the act and the TeachingProfessions Act will occur at a later date and will form the basisof a new education professions and occupations act.Education Act reference: Part 7, Sections 191-237