The funding that’s being adjusted would have been used for transportation, substitute teachers and educational assistants, all of which is being reduced while in-person classes remain cancelled, a news release said Saturday.
The decision on what positions will be laid off or cut will be made by individual schools, said Colin Aitchison, the press secretary for the office of the minister of education. The UCP did not have an estimate of how many positions the funding changes would affect.
The Alberta Teachers’ Association says educational assistants “constitute part of what, in the education community, is known as support staff, a term designating personnel who help teachers carry out the educational mission of the school and who make the educational experiences of children more rewarding.”
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And, “Some support staff are highly qualified professionals who provide such specialized services to students as diagnostic testing, speech therapy and physical therapy.”
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“I know it’s going to be incredibly difficult for a massive amount of people,” said substitute teacher Jonathan Miquel-Alvarez.
“I’m sure they’re feeling very left out in the cold.”
The Holy Spirit Catholic School Division was unavailable for an interview Monday, but told Global News in an email it has been in close contact with Alberta Education officials and will update staff and stakeholders as soon as it knows more.
The Lethbridge School Division employs about 340 educational assistants and 220 substitute teachers.