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Consultations on Education Act expand

Next component of Our Children, Our Future: Getting It Right includes online participation.

Albertans are invited to provide written and electronic input as part of consultations on the new Education Act.

“This legislation is the foundation of our education system, so it is important we get it right,” said Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. “Hearing the views of students, parents, grandparents, teachers, education and community leaders, and others will help us ensure new legislation reflects Albertans’ vision for their education system and impacts classrooms now and in the future.”

The education.alberta.ca/engage website includes ways for people of all ages to provide input. Elementary school students are invited to mail a letter or drawing to the minister (423 Legislature Building, Edmonton, T5K 2B6) about the changes they would make if they were the education minister for a day. Other students and Albertans are invited to participate in discussion boards about making schools safe and welcoming, making learning relevant, keeping students engaged in learning, and building the skills for future success. Additional opportunities include tweeting using the #abed hashtag, commenting at www.facebook.com/AlbertaEducation, sending an email to engage.education@gov.ab.ca, or sending letters or written submissions to the minister.

For those who prefer providing their thoughts in person, spots remain available in seven forums running between November 26 and December 9. Registration information for those sites is available in the same online location, or by calling 310-4455.

The consultation is open until January 8, 2012. The new Education Act will be introduced in the Legislature in Spring 2012.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Donna McColl
Communications
Education
780-422-4495
780-965-9210 (cell)
Donna.J.McColl@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.