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Education Minister ACTS with speed and decisiveness!

I just got interviewed by CBC. Paul Withers says that the Minister says that there will be no school closures until the Education Act is amended. This means that unless the Leg was called back today, there is no way that the rules will be in place to meet the April 1 yearly process deadline for 2007. In fact, even if it was called back there is pretty much no chance the budget would get – read more –

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Ecology Action Centre – ON SIDE…

Community vs. big-box schools ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE SCHOOL closures, and the building of new schools, is a hot topic in Nova Scotia. It’s a sore spot for parents whose kids face losing their local school in favour of a larger, consolidated one outside their community. Financial savings are often cited for this worrying trend of closing small, community schools and creating “big-box” schools. Money is a convincing argument. However, there are just as convincing arguments – read more –

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Level of Government?

Lance Bean, President Canadian School Board Association Mr Bean, I am writing to you today regarding the comments you made regarding the suspension of the Halifax Regional School Board that were printed in today’s Chronicle Herald. I appreciate your concern, but with respect, I would like to challenge the basis of your thesis, but also to ask for your input. Education is not a level of government. It is a service. Services are rarely run – read more –

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Education Shenanigans Continue…

Last night I gave what I am mentally referring to as the “talk” and Inglis Street Elementary. Nice building, nice people. Only three parents made it out to the Home and School meeting this night. And the VP, the P and a teacher. Slightly awkward, when you are reading your prepared text. Ah well. The talk was well received, I think, but… Inglis is one of THOSE buildings. It has asbestos right in the walls. – read more –

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Of Myspace, Politics, and other

Short bullet posts seem order of the day today. * I am amused how many dear old friends are suddenly on myspace… when Ben and I created our personal and HPX pages everyone was younger than Ben, and he was 23 at the time. Then slowly the core mid to late twenty set of volunteers and coordinators all registered, then nine or ten months ago, people in their 30s started showing up. Now pretty much – read more –

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Public Consultation, not whitewash.

Mr Windsor, Minister Casey, It was with a some surprise and frustration that I recently received an email and then handout from HRSB staff announcing that the meeting between the Superintendent Carol Olsen and the SAC members from three Halifax schools slated for closure is being billed as a “Community Consultation.” I have attached the document being circulated to the school community. Unfortunately, this meeting is not community consultation. While the meeting is no longer – read more –