Saskatoon Public School Board Chair Ray Morrison has some concerns with the provincial government's Bill 63, the Education Amendment Act, but feels the new roles for the Minister of Education everyone is talking about are really the same as he holds now.
Bill 63 is set to take some Education Act legislation and make it regulation. That means items related to the regulations do not have to be openly debated on the floor of the legislature like legislation requires. Morrison says he isn't totally up to speed as to the nuances of how the legislation changes the Minister's additional powers, but feels the legislation falls in line with the conversations that have already happened during the review process before this legislation was introduced. Meanwhile, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is concerned about allowing the Minister more oversight on financial decisions will restrict resources and decision making ability. It feels "shifting control" to the Minister also goes against democratic principles of locally-elected Boards of Education to represent the needs of parents and their children. Both boards ask that residents stand up against Bill 63 by sending a letter to your MLA and using hashtag:#EducationIsOurFuture, #EducationBelongsToCommunity, #StopBill63 on social media.
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