Guest speaker: Joel French (Exec. Director, PIA); topic, the provincial budget.
Announcements: (round table; please distinguish clearly between discussion items and announcements!)
a. Western alienation.
b. Choice in education engagement (see below)
c. December meeting(s) (communal lunch December 10?)
d. Guest speakers
Committee and Watching Brief Reports:
a. Long term care, (Carol);
b. Environment, other issues (Cecily);
c. Finances (Tim, Robin);
d. PIA (Carol);
e. Website (Peter);
f. Telephone tree (Edda);
g. FOM (Nic);
h. AFUR (Cathy)
a. Now until December 6: Alberta Government’s “choice in education” engagement;
b. November 12 – 14: Alberta Association on Gerontology symposium, “Vision 2030”; Radisson Hotel Edmonton South (4440, Gateway Blvd.); registration $250 (includes meals & reception);
c. November 16 – 18: Parkland Institute Annual Conference, “Alberta 2019: Forces of Change”; usual location (ETLC, UofA); for details & registration (check whether SALTies are eligible for the supporter registration of $125).
d. April 2 – 3, 2020: PIA Annual conference (save the dates!).
Agenda items for next meeting:
Next meeting: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 1:00 pm
Alberta offers a number of education options that allow parents to select the path they feel will best help their children reach their full potential.
We want to hear from Albertans on opportunities to protect, improve and enhance education choice in Alberta including: public and separate schools, Francophone schools, charter schools, private schools, early childhood education and home education.
Your feedback will be used to inform the development of the Choice in Education Act which will affirm that parents are the primary decision-makers in their child’s education and support the range of choice within the current education system.
The proposed Choice in Education Act will be introduced in spring 2020.