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CSAP applauds, HRSB mourns McNeil government’s move to implement Glaze Report

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WATCH: Thursday’s announcement was expected, though Halifax Regional School Board members hoped it wouldn’t happen. Steve Silva brings us their reaction – Mar 1, 2018

The province’s only francophone school board is applauding the Nova Scotia government for implementing the Glaze report.

On Thursday afternoon, the McNeil government will table a bill on education reform, which follows the release of the controversial Glaze Report.

READ: Nova Scotia moves ahead with education overhaul, makes some concessions to union

In the report, Glaze recommended the government recognize the uniqueness of the province’s Acadians and the CSAP.

In a news release sent out Thursday afternoon, CSAP says they applaud “the leadership and determination of Premier Stephen McNeil and his government in implementing Dr. Glaze’s recommendations regarding French first language education.”

“Thank you, Minister Churchill, for your leadership and determination!”said Kenneth Gaudet, Chair of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial in the statement.

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READ: Full statement from the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial on education reform:

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CSAP says the education bill demonstrates government’s commitment “to provide for the unique needs of Acadians in the context of broader legislative reforms to education in Nova Scotia”.

“The legislative reforms proposed will create a legal framework that will allow our province to be a national leader in P-12 French first language education. This bill will provide the CSAP with its own enabling legislation, in English and in French,” the statement read.

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The CSAP says they hope the legislation will be supported by all parties in the Nova Scotia legislature.

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Things weren’t so cheery among members of the Halifax Regional School Board.

It’s a sad day for democracy,” board chair Gin Yee said

He said that members are sad and mad over the province’s proposal to eliminate English school boards.

 It was important we transition from the next step making sure these changes don’t affect student achievement. I think we’ve been successful in that,” said Yee.

Vice-chair Linda MacKay said she, as well as others, will continue their effort to improve education for students.

I’m hoping that [the dissolution of school boards] will end up being a positive change and that I’m wrong, but all I see right now is chaos being put in the system,” she said.
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With files from Steve Silva, Global News

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