EPSB to debate putting forward motion of non-confidence in draft curriculum at Alberta School Boards Association meeting


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Edmonton Public Schools will debate putting forward a motion of non-confidence in the draft K-6 curriculum to be brought forward to the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA).

The proposed resolution, which trustees will debate putting forward during their next meeting on April 27, outlines a number of concerns about the draft curriculum, including a lack of consultation with stakeholders and questions on how age- and development-appropriate the content is.

If approved, the emergent resolution would have the Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) ask the ASBA to “advocate to the government on behalf of all school boards for a halt to the piloting and the implementation, and a rewrite of the K-6 curriculum.”

“Unfortunately, the current draft of the K-6 curriculum is rife with errors, plagiarism, and content that is not age appropriate or reflective of Alberta’s diversity,” the proposed resolution states. “First Nations and Métis leaders, curriculum experts, educators, and parents agree that the current proposed curriculum is unsuitable for today’s classrooms.”

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The proposed resolution also notes school boards across the province have opted out of piloting the draft K-6 curriculum.

There are currently 30 school boards across the province who have announced they will not pilot the curriculum.

EPSB chairwoman Trisha Estabrooks announced earlier this month that the board would not be piloting the curriculum, citing concerns about the content as well as logistical disruptions to learning as the division will continue to offer in-person and online classes in the fall.

“I think the question that needs to be asked is, will the concerns that have been raised be incorporated into the pilot, prior to the rollover into our classes?” said Estabrooks at the time.

The proposed resolution states trustees need to send a “clear message that students, staff, and families will not tolerate their first-rate education system being subjected to anything less than a first-rate curriculum redesign.”

“But opting-out is only a band aid fix: it is a delay when we need a full repeal. The public outcry is strong; the only feasible solution is for the Minister to begin the process again, this time with full transparency, true education experts and Indigenous representation given sufficient time for their task and a focus on creating a truly up-to-date curriculum.”

If approved, the resolution would be brought forward at the ABSA meeting held June 6-8.