Jason Schilling, Alberta Teachers’ Association president, said earlier this month the recently passed Bill 15 will be ‘profoundly damaging’ to Alberta’s education system. The ATA denounced the bill during its annual meeting Saturday. (Contributed photo)

Jason Schilling, Alberta Teachers’ Association president, said earlier this month the recently passed Bill 15 will be ‘profoundly damaging’ to Alberta’s education system. The ATA denounced the bill during its annual meeting Saturday. (Contributed photo)

Alberta Teachers’ Association denounces Bill 15

Alberta teachers have denounced the recently passed Bill 15.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association hosted its first in-person annual meeting in three years over the weekend, with more than 500 teachers from across the province in Calgary.

“The assembly has passed, unanimously, a resolution to denounce Bill 15,” the association said on Twitter Saturday afternoon.

The target of Bill 15 was to create the Alberta Teaching Profession Commission and appoint an arm’s-length commissioner to oversee teacher and teacher leader conduct and competency complaints for the profession, according to the provincial government.

Jason Schilling, association president said earlier this month the bill will be “profoundly damaging” to Alberta’s education system.

“Albertans should be very concerned that this bill was passed based on unfounded allegations propelled by lies and misinformation,” Schilling said.

“Bill 15 is an effort to punish the association and teachers for daring to stand up to the government’s bad decisions when it comes to education, and to coerce us into complying with their agenda, but we will not waver.”

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In March, the provincial government proposed Bill 15, known as the Education (Reforming Teacher Profession Discipline) Amendment Act.

In a new release from March 31, education minister Adriana LaGrange said Alberta’s government is committed to ensuring student safety is at the centre of disciplinary processes.

“I want parents and the public to have peace of mind and know that we are improving accountability in the process, enhancing the reputation of the teaching profession and increasing public assurance when it comes to oversight of discipline matters,” said LaGrange.

The bill is the focus of several resolutions throughout the ATA’s annual meeting:

  • 3-21/22 Denounce Bill 15, Education (Reforming Teacher Profession Discipline) Amendment Act, 2022.
  • 3-22/22 Determine the new role the ATA will take with teacher discipline, our transition from investigator to defender, and our new role as watchdog over the commissioner’s professional regulatory functions.
  • 3-23/22 Eliminate the Education Minister’s unilateral power to arbitrarily disregard or alter the findings or penalties recommended by the commissioner.
  • 3-24/22 Reassess and strengthen the ATA’s revised identity and function as a labour union to frame future decisions concerning the Association’s direction, program and budget in light of the new reality.
  • 3-25/22 Reaffirm the importance of school leaders, such as principals, as active members of the Association and commit to opposing, with all available means, any effort by government to remove them from the Association and the larger profession.

Delegates also passed a resolution that the Government of Alberta delay any mandatory implementation of new curriculum until a full-year pilot has been completed, revisions informed by the pilot have been made and comprehensive professional development has been made available.



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