New Alberta school fee rules go into effect Sept. 1; critics fear parents will end up paying more

New regulations go into effect on Sept. 1 that could end up affecting how much parents will pay for school fees in Alberta. Previous regulations under the NDP government that were introduced in 2017 removed a school board’s ability to…

COMMENTARY: Simple cuts not enough for Alberta’s complex education problem

Outside of Christmas, this time of year has to be one of the best for a student. In the anthem “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper sings, “No more pencils and no more books.” Well, at least until September. While everyone from…

Public school board relieved but has questions about enrolment growth funding

Edmonton’s public school board chairwoman was “relieved” to hear Alberta’s finance minister commit to providing schools with money for enrolment growth. School boards and teachers are concerned about the government’s plans for funding enrolment growth in school divisions where the…

Student-led walkout planned across Alberta Friday opposing government’s GSA rules

A student-led initiative will see young people across Alberta walk out of schools Friday morning, showing opposition to the new provincial government’s stance on a contentious issue. At 9:30 a.m., some students will stage a walkout, as part of a…

Calgary Catholic School District freezing hiring until provincial budget is tabled

As students head into the final months of the school year, Alberta school boards are having trouble preparing for next year. On Wednesday night, an email was sent to all Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) staff notifying them of a…

Calgary Board of Education speaks after 9-year-old Syrian girl dies by suicide

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) spoke publicly for the first time on Monday, responding to news that a nine-year-old Syrian girl died by suicide in March. READ MORE: Syrian family in Calgary mourning loss of 9-year-old daughter who died…

School trustees push for school board funding to keep pace with growth

The next Alberta government must provide funding for new students enrolling in the province’s publicly funded schools, several school trustees say. Edmonton Public School Board vice chairwoman Bridget Stirling speaks with reporters outside Rogers Place in Edmonton about school trustees…

The risks and rewards of imposing a cellphone ban in Alberta classrooms

Ontario’s new ban on cellphones in classrooms is igniting a debate about the issue in Alberta. On Tuesday, the Ontario government announced that starting in September 2019, students will no longer be allowed to have their cellphones during instructional time.…