The Untenable Position of Alberta School Boards: Rocks, hard places & black holes for money.

(Redacted January 20, 2012) A now-departed Ministry of Education ADM once told me “Education is a big black hole for money”.  I was desperately suppressing the urge to leap across the table and throttle him, and therefore unable to muster a cogent response. The response is: “If there is a long-term vision of education as an investment, we will spend the money in a smart way.” The Alberta government sees investment in the oil sands as prudent management of natural resources. What greater natural resource does the province have than its children?

The Alberta government  must provide predictable sufficient funding to sustain Public Education. It is rightly the first choice for education, not the default, fall-back option.

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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One Response to The Untenable Position of Alberta School Boards: Rocks, hard places & black holes for money.

  1. Thanks, Esme. We need to be bold enough to speak up and address issues, and an elected government who has the boldness to do the right thing for kids.

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