Education

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) is applauding the work of the Task Force on Educational Outcomes, which issued its report, highly critical of aspects of the province’s K-12 education system, two days ago.

 
NDP Education and ECE Critic Lorraine Michael

One of the many realities not mentioned in the finance minister’s Budget Speech this year is the fact that government continues to ignore the desperate lack of licensed childcare spaces available in the province for working parents, says NDP Education and ECE Critic Lorraine Michael.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government is just paying lip service to pressing needs in the school system while doing as little as possible to fix the problem.

“The $500,000 announced in the budget for student assistants falls far short of what is needed for inclusive education,” said Michael.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

In Question Period today, NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) was looking for answers on several serious problems in today’s classrooms. Michael hears regularly from teachers and parents concerned about the quality of the classroom experience.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says that while it’s heartbreaking to hear about repeated problems with the current classroom inclusion program, she hopes recent media stories will combine with presentations to the Premier’s Task Force on Education Outcomes to force government to pay attention and deal with the problem.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

Tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 22, voters in the province will elect new school boards. The problem is, says NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi), most people don’t know about it – and those that do are having a hard time getting information from the School Board.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the Board of the province’s English School District is completely unjustified in its latest “premature and unnecessary” announcement concerning Whitbourne Elementary. On Friday, July 29, a judge told the NLESD it had not followed correct procedures to close the school, and ordered a reversal of the decision.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) thinks the Liberals’ oft-repeated claims of having done budget populations with 500,000 people (meaning all the people in the province) need to be down-sized.

Michael’s questions in the House of Assembly today focused on the turmoil Budget 2016 has caused in the K-12 school system.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

Budget 2016 has once again cut funding for the province's libraries. This time, the Liberals are closing 54 libraries, almost all of them in rural areas.

The closures leave up to 15% of residents more than a 30-minute drive from a library. Thousands of people -- children, seniors, families, people needing Internet access -- will now be unable to acess a library at all.

 

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government’s apparent inability to gauge the effects of its actions will have a catastrophic impact on students served by the School Lunch Program this fall.

“All decisions have a ripple effect, or in the case of the School Lunch Program, it could be a tsunami,” Michael said in the House of Assembly.

 

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