Atlantic Caucus of Home and Schools/ SchoolCouncils
For Immediate Release
April 14, 2016
Members of the Atlantic Caucus of Home & School/School Council Federations held a very productive meeting in Prince Edward Island on Saturday April 9, 2016.
Representatives from the Home & School Federation in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils met to discuss priority issues in education and share ideas and concerns impacting schools in their respective provinces.
The meeting, chaired by Peter Whittle, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils, also provided the opportunity for each representative to discuss new education initiatives, provide updates on current policies and programs, as well as celebrate the successes happening in schools throughout Atlantic Canada.
The discussions focused on the need for more supports for inclusive classrooms; increased funding and resources for students suffering from Mental Health and Addictions; consistent training for school councils and home and schools federations; standardized testing; Coalition for Healthy School Food, and Peanut/Nut Free provincial policies.
Prince Edward Island representatives provided an overview of a new education governance system implemented in November 2015 through the establishment of eight District Advisory Councils in ten Families of Schools. These DACs consist of Home and School members and students thereby providing an Island-wide, grassroots voice to shape public policy for K-12 education. The councils include two students per school, one Home and School rep per school plus ten regional representatives from the PEI Home and School Federation. Members of the District Advisory Councils identify education priorities within their own region and provide advice to government on important education issues.
Atlantic Caucus members also discussed the need for adequate government funded operating grants for their provincial organizations.
Several other priorities and collaborative projects were discussed at the meeting, including policies on snow days, secured treatment programs for addictions, provincial wellness programs and healthy eating policies, fundraising and the amount of money parents, councils and home and school groups give to school/education system, through fundraising, annually.
The Atlantic Caucus commends government for their prudent fiscal plan and progress to date. We recognize that there have been many important initiatives to improve the quality of life for all and to create more prosperous provinces.
In compliance with the objectives of the Atlantic Caucus, we want to encourage discussion on common issues in public education in Atlantic Canada and bring added value to provincial associations.
As our respective governments continue to invest in education, we will continue to work with them in our advocacy efforts for equitable access to quality programs and services for all students in the smallest community to the largest!
The Atlantic Caucus looks forward to future discussions and collaboration with our many education partners as we all aim to ensure the best education system possible for students.
For more information contact:
Lisa MacDougall, President, PEIHS
Telephone: 902- 963-2637
Cynthia Richards, President, NBFHSAI
Cambee Dorrington, President, NSFHSA
Peter Whittle, President, NLFSC