Critics say removal of 'public' from school board names is nod to education alternatives

Critics say removal of ‘public’ from school board names is nod to education alternatives

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[Edmonton Journal] Eight Alberta public school divisions say they lost a key piece of their legal identity when sweeping new provincial legislation took effect earlier this week.

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The Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta has written to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange asking her to reconsider name changes she ordered that struck the word “public” from the legal names of eight of the 41 public school boards.

“We’re proud of being public,” association president Cathy Hogg said on Thursday. “Public is a great word. Why would you want to remove that word? It implies inclusion and everybody’s welcome.”

The tweaking of school boards’ legal names allowed separate school boards to keep “Catholic” or “Roman Catholic,” Hogg said, and that’s an inequity. With more charter and private schools expected to open up under a United Conservative (UCP) government that favours school choice, Hogg said striking out the word “public” may cause some confusion.

A key campaign promise of the UCP was to replace the 40-year-old School Act with an amended version of the 2014 Education Act, which it did as of Sept. 1. Replacing the foundational piece of legislation for Alberta schools came with numerous changes, including paring back some rights and protections for LGBTQ students, creating a provincial cutoff age to start kindergarten and giving boards the power to fire an elected trustee who breaks the rules, among others.

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