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Bill 28 - School Act Amendments

Thursday, November 16, 2017  
Posted by: Susan Lang
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The School Amendment Act would pave the way for new professional standards for principals and superintendents, which would ensure that they are equipped to lead modern, inclusive schools that are carefully administered and able to prepare every student for success.

Additional proposed amendments to the School Act include:

  • Authorizing the minister to establish standards for education service agreements between First Nations and school boards to help close the achievement gap for Indigenous students.
  • Specifying that students must be five years of age by Dec. 31 of the school year to join kindergarten so students entering school are ready to succeed.
  • Revising the process for establishing a separate school district, reducing confusion and building more support for the school district within communities.
  • Ensuring the government can provide clear and updated transportation eligibility criteria before the 2018-19 school year.

Other amendments, which are largely technical or administrative, are also included in this bill. These proposed amendments would update the School Act to reflect current practice or align with other legislation.

If passed, the majority of amendments would come into force immediately, while some amendments would be implemented later. For example, the common age of entry into kindergarten would be implemented in Sept. 2020 and the certification processes for aspiring superintendents and principals would take effect in 2019, with a grandfathered approach in place for existing leaders.

Excerpt from Alberta Government Media Release