June 21, 2017 (Calgary) – Bell time and transportation changes should be deferred for the next school year while Alberta Education conducts an operational review of the Calgary Board of Education, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.
“The changes have caused a great deal of stress for students and parents,” said Clark. “The changes to bell times and transportation are the reason for the operational review, so it’s only logical that they’re delayed pending the outcome of the review.”
Clark said disconnecting feeder school start times and eliminating school bus transportation for some younger students has forced parents to make difficult choices.
“I’ve heard from parents all over the city who aren’t sure what they will do next year,” said Clark. “They’re scrambling to find before and after-school care, some are reconsidering whether they can continue to work, and others are worried about the safety of their children forced to take multiple busses and C-Train rides to school. Some parents are even considering whether to continue in public education.
“The system worked this year and clearly there is enough concern on the part of Alberta Education for them to conduct an operational review. Delaying the changes for next school year is the right thing to do.”
Clark wrote to the Minister today requesting the delay. His letter is available here.
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