Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Capilano Public Library Terminal #Pod I-IIEdmonton, Alberta
May XVIIIth, MMXI
Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLAMinister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud
Sheila Pratt did a fine Sunday featurette on Edmonton Public School Board Chairman & Ward D Trustee David Colburn. Not to mention the great remarks about his "forward thinking" colleagues at EPSB as well. What impressed me most was the focus on anti-bullying & anti sexual discrimation school rules being put in at meetings so those who are gay, bi-sexual, & transgender are treated with total equality. This set of governance rules is now being adopted in British Columbia & other provinces, with Edmonton Public being the template.
Edmonton Public also put a II year moratorium on closing older schools in older neighborhoods. This decision by Trustee Colburn & his other VIII colleagues impressed me greatly as he is showing that family's who live in older neighborhoods are just as important as important as family's who occupy newer neighborhoods & subdivisions. So there may be economic strife IV some family's, but this Board is treating all family's equally, so that their kids have an equal educational opportunity in life.
Sheila Pratt of the Edmonton Journal tied these points & others together sublimely. Journalism at its best I'd say! Nay I'd insist!
Source: The Edmonton Journal, Sheila Pratt.