Education

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John's North.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is encouraging everyone across Newfoundland and Labrador to observe Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week this week.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says it is quite ironic for education minister to proclaim the month of February as Inclusive Education Month when many families of children with disabilities still fight daily battles for their children’s educational rights.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is calling on the Minister of Education to release government’s cost estimates for a full-day kindergarten program which have been classified as a cabinet secret in order to keep the cost estimates hidden.

 

Genuine consultation is one thing that is noticeably lacking before school boards make the decision to close schools, and the province needs a consistent policy for boards to use in such decisions, says NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby, (MHA, St. John’s North).

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says a newly-released literacy study shines the spotlight on areas in which government needs to improve. While the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study shows students in this province perform at the Canadian average, it also says quite clearly that there is a measureable gender gap in reading abilities.

 

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) continued his defense of students with special needs today in the House of Assembly. Today his focus was on undocumented suspensions – removing students from the classroom, often for reasons related to their disabilities, without documenting the absences.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John's North.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) took time in the House of Assembly today to point out the particular need of students with disabilities for protection against bullying. Kirby asked the Minister of Education what specific plans he has to protect this group of students.

 

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