Alberta finance minister says no money available for teacher salary increases

Alberta’s finance minister is taking effective control of upcoming contract bargaining with teachers and says there’s no money for salary increases. “I’ve been very clear and our position hasn’t changed: in Budget 2020 there’s no provision for increased remuneration levels…

Calgary Board of Education reverses teacher layoffs while Catholic board hikes school bus fees

The Calgary Board of Education will no longer be laying off 317 temporary teachers. According to a budget update agenda dated Dec. 10 and sent to trustees, the board plans to re-allocate school maintenance money announced on Dec. 3. Related…

Why standardized tests are a controversial subject for Alberta schools

Christopher Kendrick is heading into Grade 6, which means later this year, the Calgary student will write his first provincial achievement test (PAT) — a province-wide standardized test that will measure how well he’s doing in math, language arts, science…

Alberta Matters: The pros and cons of standardized testing

September 3 2019 8:45am Standardized testing is standard practice across Canada but the exams are a source of controversy as well. Heather Yourex-West looks at whether the tears are worth the time, stress and expense. ‘ }); } else {…

Teachers, supporters gather at Alberta legislature to protest government’s curriculum review

A group of teachers, teachers’ aides and their supporters rallied at the Alberta legislature Wednesday at noon to protest the composition of a panel chosen by the United Conservative government to re-evaluate the school curriculum. “We’ve seen time and time…

Alberta government cancels partnership with teachers’ association

The Alberta government has cancelled a partnership with the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) on provincial curriculum development. The ATA said it was notified by the government on Friday afternoon that the 2016 memorandum of understanding was being terminated. Story continues…

Alberta government bringing back Grade 3 standardized testing

The Alberta government is bringing back standardized testing for Grade 3 students, though some changes won’t take effect until the 2020-21 school year or beyond. “I would like to confirm that we will be bringing back the Grade 3 Provincial…