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…

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…

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…

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…

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School to close, building to host behaviour challenges program

A co-ordinated letter-writing campaign, new student recruitment drive and alternative proposals from parents ceased to prevent the Edmonton Catholic school board from voting to close a Capilano-area elementary school. A co-ordinated letter-writing campaign, new student recruitment drive and alternative proposals…

School fee limits in question, free school until age 21: What the Education Act would mean for Alberta schools

Three straightforward-sounding lines in the United Conservative Party’s education platform have the potential to unleash a host of changes on Alberta schools, should the party form government after next week’s election. United Conservatives Leader Jason Kenney intends to replace the…