Students, parents, teachers invited to improve learning legislation

Students, parents and teachers are invited to help review and improve current education legislation.

Students, parents and teachers are invited to help review and improve current education legislation.

The provincial government is hosting Our Children, Our Future: Getting it Right public consultations on the Education Act in seven Alberta municipalities, including Red Deer on Nov. 29.

The results gathered at these forums will be incorporated into the new Education Act, which will be introduced in the legislature in the spring of 2012.

“By opening up this discussion to the public, especially to students, we can ensure this legislation reflects Albertans’ vision for their education system, and that it has a direct and positive impact on Alberta classrooms now, and for decades to come,” Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk said in a statement.

The full-day consultations will explore four themes: making schools safe and welcoming; making learning relevant for all students; keeping students engaged in learning; and setting students up for success.

The meetings are open to all Albertans, but space is limited and priority will be given to students, parents and teachers.

Those interested in attending can visit http://education.alberta.ca/engage to register for the opportunity to participate in any of the seven forums.

Confirmation emails will be sent to all who register, confirming their space in the consultation as well as providing venue information.

Online consultations will be launched shortly for those who are unable to participate in the public forums.