Education

NDP Education critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says the report on school transportation finally released today by the provincial education minister has some solid information, and he is calling on the minister to make much-needed changes to the province’s policy on school bus transportation before the upcoming winter.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says the current teacher allocation formula is flawed and outdated and in need of major revision. The formula was adopted in 2008. An independent review recommended any new formula be reviewed within three years of its implementation.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) has written to the education minister, asking what happened to a review of school transportation commissioned by the provincial government last year.

“In November 2012, we saw the call for proposals for a consultant to do the review, and the next month we heard that Deloitte had been awarded the $75,000 contract,” Kirby said.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is once again asking the Minister of Education for answers to the mounting questions on the ill-advised school board amalgamations.

Kirby stated that while the transition committee has created a website to keep parents, students, teachers, and staff informed, very little information has actually been provided.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is looking forward to hearing what “milestone” the Multi Materials Stewardship Board has reached in recycling beverage containers in the province. Kirby says the announcement should include a change in the MMSB’s fundraising policy to give schools credit for recyclable materials collected during the summer.

 

NDP MHA for The Straits-White Bay North Christopher Mitchelmore says the Western School District should have followed the example set by Eastern School District trustees, who recently took extensive public consultations into account and reversed a decision to close a school.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says the Eastern School District should not have retained the authority to close schools in the last few weeks of its existence.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says the students who are most in need of educational help do not have the specialized teachers they need for summer school in the Eastern School District.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says decisions about closing schools in September should be deferred until the new amalgamated English language school board has had time to analyze the situations.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is calling on Minister Jackman to provide an update on proposed changes to the Safe and Caring Schools Policy.

 

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