Riverbend-area Catholic schools shift early childhood programming

A Riverbend-area school long focused on early education is transforming into the sole Edmonton Catholic School to offer only pre-kindergarten. The Edmonton Catholic school district is shuffling students in the Riverbend area to consolidate elementary students at St. Mary School…

Some schools losing mental health therapists in budget trade offs

Parents are decrying education funding uncertainty that has led to some Edmonton principals eliminating school-based mental health therapists to save money. Parent Taryn McDonald, with her five-year-old son Rhys, said she’s concerned her children’s school will be losing a mental…

Alberta privacy commissioner clarifies privacy laws and rules about GSAs

In a rare move, the privacy commissioner issued a statement Tuesday to clarify how Alberta’s privacy laws protect the identities of students who join gay-straight alliances (GSA) at school. READ MORE: Alberta introduces amended Education Act, Opposition says LGBTQ kids…

Flat Catholic school budget must stretch further for more students

Edmonton Catholic Schools plans to educate 613 more students next year with the same number of teachers on staff, district leaders said. Edmonton Catholic school board chairwoman Laura Thibert said the board is asking all school district departments to scrutinize…

Windsor Park, Old Scona ranked top Edmonton schools on Fraser Institute’s Alberta list

One Edmonton school is in a three-way tie for the top Alberta elementary school, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual rankings. Story continues below For the 2017-18 year, Windsor Park public elementary school was given a score of 10 out…

Canadian allergy organizations laud Alberta MLA’s private member’s bill

A law requiring consistent approaches to managing food allergies in public schools across Alberta would bring peace of mind to students and provide clarity for school staff, say national allergy advocates. Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk holds an epinephrine autoinjector…

NDP accuses government of spreading misinformation about GSA bill

LGBTQ+ students remained political ping-pong balls in the Alberta legislature as the NDP opposition accused the government of spreading misinformation about an education bill before the house. NDP Leader Rachel Notley said the United Conservative Party government is incorrect by…