Sweeping changes to public education—important and relevant to students, parents, and all community members!
Proposed legislation in Bill 64, The Education Modernization Act, is before us. It will impact all families, including those without school-aged children. It is imperative for everyone to learn more about the proposed changes and how they will impact you individually, your children, and your greater community.
In 2020, River East Transcona School Division participated in the education review process and was well represented before the Commission on K–12 Education in Manitoba. The board of trustees prepared their written submission that discusses the importance of public education creating lifelong learners capable of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These skills help arm our students to adapt to our changing world. Also included was information pertaining to the previous school division amalgamation in 2002 and the costs associated with harmonizing collective agreements, the delivery of programs and services, and other one-time expenses.
RETSD's written submission can be found under "brief 13" here.
Read a transcript of the board's presentation to the commission here.
In March of 2021, the province released the long-awaited education review, which had over 70 recommendations for improving our education system. Many of the recommendations presented in the final report were already in progress. As a school division, we were looking forward to learning more details of the final report, as well as participating in a continued dialogue with government officials on an implementation process. That was not to be the case.
Almost simultaneously, Bill 64 was introduced along with the commission's report. Bill 64 proposes to dismantle the structure and governance of public education. It also ignores many of the commission's recommendations while outlining the implementation of others' actions that do not include local voice. We all want what is best for our students. We want to prepare them for tomorrow. This important goal requires government working directly with front line people in the education system. Working collaboratively, we can improve our system while the best interests of students is kept at the heart of any changes to the system.
We ask you take some time to review literature from all sides of the issue to better understand the impacts Bill 64 will have on you and your family. We will be attaching more information as it becomes available to this site as reference materials for you.
- Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about education and Bill 64 implications.
- Consider speaking up during committee conversations in the fall by calling 204-945-3636 to register to speak to our government about this.
- Call the RETSD Administration Offices at 204.667.7130 or fill out this online form to request a lawn sign that encourages others to question Bill 64.
For more information please see the links below:
Manitoba School Boards Association
Read the Education Modernization Act
Visit the Better Education Manitoba Website
Read the Report of the Commission on K-12 Education
Letter from the Board to Parents/Community (March 26, 2021)
Letter from Board to MLAs (May 20, 2021)
Letter from Board to Premier (May 20, 2021)
Community Conversation with Dr. Wiens on Bill 64—Hear How Some Elements are Concerning from Students and Parents