Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following release on the NDP’s education record.
Going back to school should be a time of joy and hope for students, parents and educators. But, they are telling us a different story and it’s not pretty.
Khan stated, “Education should work for all students. Minister Eggen and the NDP are not delivering on that.
“Children in Alberta continue to be stuffed into overcrowded classrooms. Alberta is not meeting its recommended classroom size goals. Some classes have 45 even 60 students in the room.”
The NDP increased operational spending on education by only 1.8% in the 2018 budget. That falls far short of the 3.5% projected increase in population growth plus inflation. The bottom line, this is an effective cut in operational education spending by this Government.
Khan stated, “Many teachers and parents are also concerned about the poor supports for vulnerable students. Students with disabilities, students requiring ESL courses and students facing mental health challenges are struggling in Alberta’s education system.
“Alberta Liberals support increasing education funding to address these issues. We need to implement region-specific and grade-specific class size caps. We must hire more teachers and expand the supports available for students with unique challenges. We should put an end to classroom segregation that alienates and isolates those children.
“Alberta Liberals believe spending needs to be accountable. We are demanding the NDP implement the recommendations from Alberta’s former auditor general to better track how school boards are spending money.
“Our children should have the best education. Albertans deserve it.”
Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan issues the following release:
Khan stated, “Premier Notley and the NDP Government have once again failed Albertans. They have failed our environment. They are failing future generations. They are failing First Nations and Indigenous Albertans.
“Where once they talked about climate leadership, they now deal in climate opportunism.
“Climate change does not care about borders. It isn’t good enough to have a homegrown climate plan for Alberta only. Alberta needs to be a leader on climate change and environmental policy. We need to support change, not just nationally, but internationally.
“We cannot hold the environment hostage over a single oil and gas project.
“Furthermore, the judiciary is not our enemy. Treating the court and its decisions with disrespect also disrespects the rule of law. Premier Notley is a lawyer. She should know better.
“Indigenous and First Nations consultations are vitally important and must be conducted honestly, meaningfully and with compassion. It’s time we recognise the true meaning of reconciliation. In the vacuum of real political leadership in this country, it has been left to our Courts to force us to do so.