CSBA statement on proposed draft of Quebec Law 86 abolishing school elections

CSBA stands with Quebec school boards and defends the basic Canadian right of community members having a voice in our children’s education.

The following is the letter sent to Quebec Minister of Education Sebastien Proulx on the CSBA’s position (french version follows):

 

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Monsieur Sebastien Proulx

Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignementsupérieur
Assemblée nationale du Québec, Hôtel du Parlement
1045, rue des Parlementaires
Québec (Québec) G1A 1A3

March 9, 2016

 

 

Dear Monsieur Proulx,

The Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) continues to monitor Draft Law 86 concerning the governance of the public schools in Quebec.

A strong public education system that prepares students to become productive and contributing citizens is the foundation of a civil society. Setting the conditions that will provide a high quality education for every student to succeed in school and in life is the absolute first priority of a school board. It is why commissioners, without exception, run for office.

CSBA members represent jurisdictional school board associations across the country, which are made up of universally elected local school boards. This model produces one of the best student success rates in the world. Most significantly, this model allows local communities to be engaged and directly involved in decision-making in education, a researched, evidence based, proven contributor to student success, achievement and well-being for some four million six hundred and sixty six thousand Canadian children.

While CSBA members continue to be adapt and transform to meet the ever-changing needs of our 21st century world, be flexible in adjusting to the ever-changing expectations of children, parents, communities and the larger society we have always ensured that student success is at the centre of all we do. The intention of the Quebec government to replace the present successful system of elected governance with a system of variable structures/electoral colleges is troubling, and at the very least, a distraction from the basic mission of ensuring the best possible education for all students of Quebec.

As such, in the interest of the public voice, a pillar of Canadian democracy and a proven significant contributor to student achievement, well-being and success – CSBA strongly encourages the Quebec government to consider the following:

  1. Democratically elected community representation on every school board is of the utmost importance to the success of the education system and student success. This absolutely must be protected, at the same time recognizing that parents, teachers and administrators play an important and critical role in the system.
  2. In the majority of Canadian jurisdictions, school board elections are held in collaboration with municipal elections, allowing and resulting in far greater voter participation.
  3. Duly elected school boards are important players in the education system and all children in Quebec will benefit if the Quebec government works closely in partnership with the QESBA and the FCSQ.

The Canadian School Boards Association would like to offer our best wishes to you in your new role as Minister of Education and remain at your entire disposal for comments or conversations with a view to in finding solutions that respect all parties and will produce the best outcome for Quebec students. The priorities of our Association are focussed on creating the best possible education system for the children of Canada. We believe this is also your goal and we are prepared to work with you and your government to achieve this vision.

The vision of the CSBA is excellence in public education achieved through democratically elected school boards. Our mission is to support the members school board associations; to advocate the collective interests of the provincial/territorial public school boards; to promote the value of democratically elected school boards.

Respectfully submitted,

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cc: Philippe Couillard, Premier, Quebec
Doug W. Currie, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, Prince Edward Island, Chair, CMEC
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education, British Columbia
David Eggen, Minister of Education, Alberta
Don Morgan, Minister of Education, Saskatchewan
James Allum, Minister, Department of Education and Advanced Learning, Manitoba
Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, Ontario
Serge Rousselle, Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, New Brunswick
Karen Lynn Casey, Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia
Dale Kirby, Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Newfoundland Labrador
Doug Graham, Minister, Department of Education, Yukon
Alfred Moses, Minister, Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Northwest Territory
Paul Quassa, Minister, Department of Education, Nunavut

Please see the full letter here.

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Monsieur Sébastien Proulx

Ministre de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport

Assemblée nationale du Québec, Hôtel du Parlement

1045, rue des Parlementaires

Québec (Québec) G1A 1A3

 

 

Le 9 mars 2016

Monsieur Proulx,

L’Association canadienne des commissions/conseils scolaires (ACCCS) continue d’être attentive aux avancées du projet de loi 86 concernant la gouvernance des écoles publiques au Québec.

Un système d’éducation public solide, qui prépare les élèves à devenir des citoyens productifs et engagés, est le fondement de la société civile. Les commissions scolaires ont comme mission fondamentale de mettre en place les conditions nécessaires pour offrir une éducation de haute qualité à chaque élève afin de lui permettre de connaître le succès à l’école et tout au long de sa vie. C’est ce à quoi aspire chaque commissaire, sans exception, lorsqu’il se présente aux élections.

Les membres de l’ACCCS représentent les associations de commissions scolaires de partout au pays, qui rassemblent à leur tour des commissaires locaux élus au suffrage universel. Il s’agit du modèle qui produit l’un des meilleurs taux de réussite pour les élèves dans le monde. Plus important encore, ce modèle permet aux collectivités locales d’être engagées et directement impliquées dans le processus décisionnel pour leurs écoles, ce qui a fait ses preuves pour contribuer à la réussite scolaire et au bien-être des quatre millions six cent soixante six mille enfants canadiens qui bénéficient de ce système.

Alors que l’ACCCS s’adapte et se transforme pour répondre aux besoins en constante évolution en ce 21e siècle et continue d’être flexible pour répondre aux nouvelles attentes des enfants, des parents, des communautés et de la société en général, nous veillons à garder la réussite des élèves au centre de tout ce que nous faisons. L’intention du gouvernement du Québec de remplacer le système actuel éprouvé de gouvernance élue par un système de structures variables et de collèges électoraux est troublante et, à défaut d’autre chose, ne servira qu’à distraire de la mission fondamentale, qui est d’assurer la meilleure éducation possible pour tous les élèves du Québec.

Pour toutes ces raisons et dans l’intérêt de la pleine expression citoyenne, un pilier de la démocratie canadienne qui contribue de manière significative aux progrès des élèves, à leur bien-être et à leur succès, l’ACCCS encourage fortement le gouvernement du Québec à considérer ce qui suit:

  1. La présence de membres de la communauté démocratiquement élus au sein de chaque conseil scolaire est d’une importance capitale pour le succès du système d’éducation et, par conséquent, pour la réussite des élèves et elle doit absolument être protégée, sans mettre en doute le rôle important et essentiel que les parents, les enseignants et les administrateurs jouent dans le système.
  2. Dans la plupart des provinces et territoires canadiens, les élections scolaires sont jumelées aux élections municipales, ce qui assure une plus grande participation des électeurs.
  3. Les conseils scolaires dûment élus sont des acteurs importants dans le système d’éducation et tous les enfants du Québec en profiteront si le gouvernement du Québec travaille en étroite collaboration avec l’ACSAQ et la FCSQ.

L’Association canadienne des commissions/conseils scolaires aimerait vous souhaiter beaucoup de succès dans votre nouveau rôle en tant que ministre de l’Éducation et reste à votre entière disposition pour engager une conversation en vue de trouver des solutions qui respectent toutes les parties et qui produiront le meilleur résultat pour les élèves du Québec. La priorité de notre Association est toujours la mise en place du meilleur système d’éducation possible pour les enfants du Canada. Nous sommes convaincus que vous partagez le même objectif et nous sommes prêts à travailler avec vous et votre gouvernement pour concrétiser cette vision.

Du point de vue de l’ACCCS, l’excellence dans l’enseignement public passe par des conseils scolaires élus démocratiquement. Notre mission est de soutenir les associations de commissions scolaires membres de l’ACCCS, de défendre les intérêts collectifs des commissions scolaires publiques provinciales ou territoriales et de promouvoir l’importance des conseils scolaires démocratiquement élus.

Respectueusement,

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cc: Philippe Couillard, Premier, Quebec
Doug W. Currie, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, Prince Edward Island, Chair, CMEC
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education, British Columbia
David Eggen, Minister of Education, Alberta
Don Morgan, Minister of Education, Saskatchewan
James Allum, Minister, Department of Education and Advanced Learning, Manitoba
Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, Ontario
Serge Rousselle, Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, New Brunswick
Karen Lynn Casey, Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia
Dale Kirby, Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Newfoundland Labrador
Doug Graham, Minister, Department of Education, Yukon
Alfred Moses, Minister, Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Northwest Territory
Paul Quassa, Minister, Department of Education, Nunavut

 

 

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Dr. Abuelaish will be a key-note speaker at the upcoming CSBA Annual Conference. The (call for presentations) has just gone out and we invite you to refer to the conference website for more information on presenting along with this incredible man, Big Daddy Taz, Michael Redhead Champagne and other leaders from across the country.

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The CSBA Newsletter will bring you up to date on recent CSBA activities, provide you with a snapshot of what each province is focusing on at the moment and let you know about programs that may be important to your students.

In case you were wondering who we are, this will answer your questions.  Sign up on the website and receive it each quarter…

 

 

CSBA Annual Report

ANNUAL REPORT coverEverything you need to know about the past year at CSBA; what work we have been doing on your behalf and where we are planning to go as we move into the next few challenging years for school boards.

This Annual Report 2014 was presented during the CSBA Presentation at the Annual congress on Friday July 4 in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls hosted almost 600 people in education from across Canada come to hear the wise speak to what needs to change

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School trustees and senior school administrators from across the country attended the CSBA 2014 congress, in addition to the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education and the OPSBA AGM which were held in conjunction with the annual congress in Niagara Falls this past July.

pasiSahlbergOPSBA were extraordinary hosts of a well run event with an exceptional program. International speakers brought perspective and wisdom and provided direction that certainly will have an impact on the strategic planning of the trustees of our Canadian education system.  

Check out our recent newsletter for more information on this event and the next CSBA Congress.

 

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Check out the Publication and for more information on the research, visit the CEA website.

Three CSBA nominees win awards from C21 Canada

C21_icon-150x150C21 Canada seeks to support the accelerated and effective integration of 21st century skills and competencies, teaching practices and learning technologies into Canada’s education systems.   CSBA was proud to submit several nominees for the C21 Shifting Minds National Award for distinctive achievement in the field of 21st Century learning and innovation.  Three CSBA nominees won in their category:

Individual Leadership Award:  Al Reyner, Principal at Sir John A. MacDonald High School in Boutiliers Point, Nova Scotia for inquiry and project based learning.

System Award Red River Valley School Division, Morris, MB for the use of technology in learning and teaching through the “One to the World” technology initiative.

School Team Award: Sisler High School in Winnipeg, for true innovation in education technology.

The Canadian School Boards Association congratulates the above winners on their efforts to integrate technology and the wqst century skills and competencies into their student’s lives.