Education Policy: It’s time to respect our students
Posted on April 16, 2012 by Richard Einarson
Everyone understands that education is the key to having a successful and fulfilling career. In today’s ever-changing world, our citizens must have the skills to adapt in a constantly evolving workplace. Sadly, Alberta has the dubious distinction of having the worst high school completion rate in Canada and the lowest participation rate for post-secondary education. We believe that we must do better.
Let’s focus on the tough problems.
The government has ignored the difficult issues in our education system for too long. The Alberta Party will:
- Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to increase Alberta’s high school completion rate to the best in Canada within ten years.
- Make all-day kindergarten available to families in all school districts.
- Support programs that help children living in poverty to receive a healthy meal at school.
- Restore funding for special programs that assist children with learning difficulties.
- Remove the age limit for funding for adults who wish to obtain their high school diploma.
- Work with First Nation communities and the federal government to develop and implement a strategy to significantly increase the high school completion rate among First Nation communities within ten years.
- Establish a comprehensive framework for coordinating government services and programs that have an impact on early childhood development.
Let's make the school the hub of the community.
Schools are stronger when the community is involved with the school and the school is involved with the community. The Alberta Party will:
- Establish mechanisms that facilitate public participation in the decisions concerning their local schools.
- Encourage and facilitate the ability of municipalities, school boards and community groups to share resources in the construction and operation of new schools.
- Provide operational funding that will facilitate the use of school facilities outside of school hours by the community.
Make it easier to get a post secondary education.
There are a number of reasons why so many young people decide not to obtain an education at one of Alberta’s excellent trade schools, colleges, technical institutes and universities. Although there are plenty of jobs when the economy is booming, under-educated workers are usually the first to become unemployed when boom turns to bust. We will:
- Review the student finance system to reduce the financial barriers that deter Albertans from pursuing a post-secondary education.
- Implement a tax credit to offset a portion of the housing costs incurred by post-secondary students and their families.
- Expand industry-based job training and apprenticeship programs to address shortages of trained workers in specific industries.
- Ensure that the student finance system can accommodate the unique needs of mature students.
We believe that Albertans can be the best educated people in the world. We need to ensure that education receives stable and predictable funding so that every student has the opportunity to reach his or her potential.
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Have a wonderful day folks!
Leader, Alberta Party
Candidate, West Yellowhead
PS- In case you missed it, we also released a strong statement regarding Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger.
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