Education minister overrules teachers’ union on disciplinary matters

Alberta’s education minister has fired three teachers for unprofessional conduct instead of suspending their licences as recommended by their union.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s education minister has fired three teachers for unprofessional conduct instead of suspending their licences as recommended by their union.

Jeff Johnson says he felt in all three cases, the penalty imposed by the Alberta Teachers’ Association didn’t go far enough.

In one case, Johnson overturned a recommendation to suspend a Wainwright teacher for six years after she was found guilty of having sex numerous times with a student.

Gordon Thomas, the ATA’s executive secretary, says the firings mark the first time in Alberta that an education minister has overruled a committee decision.

A task force recommended earlier this month that the association should no longer review the conduct of teachers when complaints surface and they should be handled by the Education ministry.

Johnson says he’s confident he can use the task force information to work with the ATA to improve the disciplinary process. (Global Edmonton)

Just Posted

Several Red Deer businesses’ phone/fax lines taken over by ‘spoofers’

Same ‘prank’ calls were made as happened with RedCliff RCMP

School council association wants funding review

Funding needed to build more Red Deer schools

UPDATED: Red Deer MPs speak to the business community

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce host Breakfast with the MPs

Cops to serve crêpes for Special Olympics in Red Deer

Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) officers will serve crêpes and other Cora’s… Continue reading

Opinion: Schools can’t be exempt from scrutiny

This weekend’s meeting of the Alberta School Councils’ Association promises to be… Continue reading

Bishop now the Stars goalie trying to beat Blues in playoffs

Ben Bishop grew up rooting for the St. Louis Blues before being… Continue reading

Nashville gets its chance to step up for NFL draft

NASHVILLE — Broadway in downtown Nashville is as lively a place as… Continue reading

The Cranberries, still in mourning, return for the last time

NEW YORK — Whether or not there would be a final Cranberries’… Continue reading

Dance studio owner in dispute with Burton Cummings fined for noise ticket

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The owner of a dance fitness studio who… Continue reading

Gardening: Time and effort key to buying garden plants

Greenhouses, garden centers and box stores are set to start selling bedding… Continue reading

Montreal native Nicholas Latifi off to solid start on Formula 2 race circuit

Practice makes perfect for Canadian Nicholas Latifi. The 23-year-old Montreal auto racer… Continue reading

Bruins victory over Leafs ensures an American team will hoist the Stanley Cup

TORONTO — Many NHL players were either not yet born or too… Continue reading

Most Read