Alberta teachers call new report an assault on educators
CALGARY – More than 400 Alberta teachers who met in Calgary on Saturday are giving the education minister and a provincially-appointed task force a failing grade.
The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) calls the report a direct assault on teachers.
The report calls for teacher reviews every five years, which would mean that they could be stripped of certification.
The task force also wants more transparent investigations into teacher misconduct and recommends school principals be taken out of the ATA.
The task force also recommends the province’s education department oversee handling discipline and teacher conduct.
“Our members are really disappointed. They’re livid, in fact,” says ATA President Mark Ramsankar.
“We want to be able to sit down, talk about issues instead of making recommendations without involvement from teachers,” says Ramsankar.
Alberta Education Minister Jeff Johnson will address the delegation Saturday.
Premier Dave Hancock posted a response assuring teachers that the task force simply issued a report to the government with recommendations. Hancock says the report does not represent government policy.
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