Alberta premier says new report not an attack on Alberta Teachers' Association

The Canadian Press
May 6, 2014 08:23 PM

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Dave Hancock is urging teachers to relax and not jump to conclusions that a new government report is an attack on the profession.

The report concludes the Alberta Teachers' Association is in a conflict of interest because it oversees teacher performance as a professional organization but also has to protect teacher interests as a union.

The ATA has called the proposal to have teachers independently evaluated and disciplined an attack on the profession.

Under the new proposal, teachers would also have to renew their certificate every five years.

Hancock says the proposal is not adversarial, it's about excellence in teaching.

He also says there’s still lots of room for discussion, and promises the province will work with the ATA collaboratively on the key issues facing the education system.

"Yes, there are minefields, because some of those recommendations say if it can’t be done this way then you ought to consider this other way, and it’s this other way, I think, that a cynic would look at and say that’s an attack on the ATA," says Hancock.


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