Alberta arbitration outcomes result in no wage increases in cases involving ATA and UNA

Finance Minister Travis Toews says rulings made in a pair of arbitration cases involving the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the United Nurses of Alberta “reflect the current economic realities in the province.” Toews issued a news release late Friday afternoon…

Teachers warn ‘Band-Aid solution’ won’t solve funding problems in Calgary schools

The union that represents 8,000 teachers in Calgary says a last-minute move to save hundreds of teaching jobs won’t solve long-term problems facing the city’s public schools. The comment came Tuesday outside a Calgary Board of Education trustees meeting, during…

Alberta NDP calls proposed UCP education funding policy divisive

Alberta’s NDP Opposition is protesting a proposed UCP policy, calling it divisive. The UCP constituency association of Lacombe-Ponoka is pushing for a new “voucher system” of funding in schools across the province. That new system would see “equal per-student funding”…

Alberta NDP accuses UCP government of downplaying students’ improving test scores for political reasons

The Alberta NDP is accusing the province’s UCP government of playing politics by downplaying improvements in student test scores that it attributes to curriculum updates it initiated before the UCP formed government. The latest Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) results were…

Critics blast suggestion Alberta education funding be tied to performance

Advocates fear an uneven playing field for students after the much-anticipated MacKinnon report on Alberta’s finances proposed some education funding should be tied to performance. Story continues below According to the report, the provincial government spends more than $8 billion…

Alberta unions react to provincial panel saying savings to be found in health, education

Union leaders are speaking out after a provincial panel said Alberta is overspending on things like health and education. As Sarah Komadina explains, unions are worried about what the recommendations means for their membership and their relationship with the government.

Education minister appoints panel to review new Alberta curriculum

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has appointed a panel to look over the work done by the previous NDP government on Alberta’s new curriculum, and provide advice on how to move forward on its development. The panel will be chaired by…

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…

Calgary teacher suspended after investigation into head-butting incident

A Calgary teacher has been suspended from the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) for a year after head-butting a student when he was substitute teaching. Lazhar Abida was charged with unprofessional conduct under the Teaching Profession Act relating to an incident…