January 23rd, 2018

Removing local decision-making won't solve classroom problems

NDP Education Spokesperson responds to Glaze report

HALIFAX – Today’s report on the review of the administration of Nova Scotia’s education system is raising alarm bells about local decision-making and improving relations with teachers.

"We have all seen the negative impact of removing local decision-making in the health system. I don't think anyone wants to go down that road for education," said Claudia Chender, NDP Education Spokesperson. "We need robust, local decision-making structures to ensure that we are able to listen to parents, teachers, and community members about what is needed in our schools.”

The review, written by outside consultant Avis Glaze, also recommends sweeping changes to processes currently dealt with through the bargaining process with the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union, including removing principals from the union.

"While the report acknowledges the distrust teachers have about the Department, it’s alarming that there are several recommendations to unilaterally change the working environment in our schools," said Chender. “The Liberal government needs to be rebuilding relationships with teachers and parents, by working with them on solutions, not just dictating what needs to change.”

The report makes some positive recommendations about improving wrap-around services for children in schools, and enhancing data collection about racialized communities. The government has not yet responded with which recommendations will be implemented and what funding will be available, despite having had the report since December 31.

"We’ve seen a lot of reports from this Liberal government, but not a lot of leadership when it comes to listening to communities and making improvements," said Chender. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the upcoming budget will say about today’s report and the forthcoming recommendations from the Inclusion Commission.”
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