Public School Board aims to create single school system

By Jessie Weisner
October 30, 2018 - 11:25am Updated: October 30, 2018 - 7:14pm

 

The Public School Board Association of Alberta has launched a campaign to discuss the idea of one education system in the province.

The association says the current structure with multiple school systems splinters resources.

They say having one system will not only improve the use of resources, but allow equality among students.

“What we would like to do is unify the current system,” says Pat Cochrane, campaign chair. “Get it more focused and we believe that there will be cost savings and better use of the people resources that we have in education right now.”

All school boards in the province are currently required to teach a streamlined curriculum, and the group says they would likely stick to that.

However, the association says many different groups have to be consulted, such as the catholic, francophone and charter school systems.

“We are aware of the constitutional entitlements that certain systems currently have and we absolutely respect that,” says Pat Cochrane, campaign chair. “We have no desire to take anything aware from anyone, and can we work together is the approach that we have.”

Board members plan to engage in their communities and host event such as town halls to gather community input before any decisions are made.

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