Calgary Board of Education

Historic School Will Be Demonlished

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - An 88-year-old school in Calgary that was heavily damaged in last summer's flood will be demolished and replaced.The Calgary Board of Educat...

Confessions of a Minecraft Dad

Larry Leach | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Alberta
Larry Leach

The game of Minecraft to a 40-something like myself looks like a 16 bit, pointless exercise. To a preteen of today, it has become obsession.

CBE Spending Public Dollars for Public Perception

Larry Leach | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
Larry Leach

In as much as the media can and should not ignore good stories that speak to the public interest, the communications team at the CBE is also limited by what it can say to justify what are, quite frankly, bad decisions.

School Board Spending Thousands On This

Metro News | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Alberta

Calgary's public school board has paid tens of thousands of dollars to a self-proclaimed "high-stakes communications firm" despite already having near...

Turning Up the Volume on Student Voice in Alberta

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

I just graduated from high school and admittedly, I have never felt directly connected to the Calgary Board of Education or the choices they have made regarding students. Certainly, each school has a representative on the Chief Superintendent's Student Advisory Council and while the benefits of such a council can be seen, it is regardless, not difficult to lose the thoughts of the greater student population which includes more than 100 000 students in the Calgary Board of Education alone.

School's Out (Early) For Summer

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Alberta

Calgary's public and Catholic schools will close early for the year, after significant flooding in the city this week. In a joint announcement Sund...

School Board Official Under Fire For Expenses

Metro News | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Alberta

Calgary’s top public school official is facing criticism from a taxpayer watchdog group after thousands were spent to attend an international confer...

Teachers Schooled

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is bringing in legislation to implement a new labour deal for its 40,000 teachers.Education Minister Jeff Johnson sa...

The Ag Delusion: What's Missing from Encana Aggie Days? Just the Truth..

Paul Hughes | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Aggie Days, an event that celebrates a sanitized and fictitious version of modern, industrialized agriculture. Animals are cute and cuddly. They have straw in their pens and room to roam. Baby chicks, cage free and with their beaks still intact, scurry around, enjoying their last bit of freedom.

Schools Screwed

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada Alberta

Alberta educators were left dismayed by Thursday's budget, after the government pulled out of previous promises to increase basic funding for school b...

Calgary National Sports School Plan Lacks Transparency

Larry Leach | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Alberta
Larry Leach

While one might think, this is a creative way to build a school, and it is, the democratic process needs to be followed. It must be viewed through the lens of equity in Public Education. Information needs to be transparent if the public is expected to support it.

Is the Calgary Board of Education About to Widen Inequity Amongst Students?

Larry Leach | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Alberta
Larry Leach

So currently we have a vast inequity in our Alberta public education system, which is likely to grow as programs like the sports school and other new innovative projects get corporate sponsorship dollars while community schools filled with new Canadians are afforded the simple bare bones basics.

What Corporations In Calgary Classrooms May Look Like

Larry Leach | Posted 12.30.2012 | Canada Alberta
Larry Leach

This is not "Pie in the Sky", "what if" thinking. The policy is there, today and real. Agreements with corporations may be already on the works or even in place? Currently there is no mechanism for these agreements to be made public until the Corporation and the Calgary Board of Education administration decide it is time for us to know. Our publicly funded, taxpayer owned schools, branded to influence minors, right here in Calgary.

Should Calgary Schools Allow Corporations In The Classroom?

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 12.30.2012 | Canada Alberta

Allowing sponsorship dollars to enter Calgary Board of Education schools may open the door to schools doing what's needed to secure funding and not wh...

Blackboards as Billboards Undermine Public Education

Kelly Ernst | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Alberta
Kelly Ernst

Recent trends in education funding in Alberta exhibit some worrying disparities. Charter and private schools currently attract considerably more resources than the poorest of schools in the public system, and they still get public per student funding. This has significant consequences. If we turn classrooms into just another market for ads, is there any reason not to expect that donor and advertising dollars are most likely to flow to the schools and parents who already have the greatest resources?

Public, Corporate Funded Education - Is this Good?

Larry Leach | Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Alberta
Larry Leach

The Calgary Board of Education has recently opened the door to the naming of classrooms to corporate sponsorship. Naming of classrooms or programs leads to some very fundamental questions about public education and has many drawbacks. One of which is if you allow Coca Cola a five year deal on a school gym, why not another school sponsored by Pepsi? If they can sponsor a high school gym, how about a junior high? A middle school? An elementary?