The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is encouraging the public and the STF’s 13,000 members to get involved and voice their perspectives on Bill 63 in an email campaign to their respective MLAs.
Bill 63 is set to take some Education Act legislation and make it regulation, means items related to the regulations do not have to be openly debated on the floor of the legislature like legislation requires, and operations of the education system can be changed faster.
STF President Patrick Maze says these legislative changes seem to be getting pushed through quickly, when education and decisions affecting it aren’t meant to be rushed.
School boards have said “shifting control” of oversight on financial decisions to the Minister will restrict resources and decision making ability, and also goes against democratic principles of locally-elected Boards of Education to represent the needs of parents and their children.
Maze feels there wasn’t enough consultation done with all parties on the issue.
The STF is also asking the province to rescind its proposed changes to The Education Property Tax Act.