September 6, 2018 (St. John’s, NL)…………… The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils (NLFSC) extends a warm welcome to teachers and students as they begin their 2018-19 school year.
A new school year offers opportunities to build relationships and get involved and engaged in learning (your child’s and your own).
Nurturing positive relationships is key to effective school council work. Building and maintaining good relationships with the school principal, teachers, support staff, and parents in the school community positions school council parents as leaders and helps keep the school council vibrant and dynamic.
There are so many activities to look forward in the coming year and numerous learning opportunities awaiting. Members of the NLFSC Executive are very proud of our students and their past educational accomplishments and look forward to celebrating their new successes.
We are also extremely fortunate to have professional and caring teachers, Principals and school staff in our education system that go above and beyond their roles to nurture and help our youth reach their full potential as students, individuals and citizens
Over the summer some of our membership has expressed concerns on cuts to teaching units and their schools operational budget. Parents have also been very vocal about a reduction in Student Assistant time. NLFSC encourages parents and councils to confirm accurate information with their school Principal. It is important to understand how these cuts will impact your school and students.
School councils should provide any relevant information to parents in their school communities and encourage them to contact their MHAs about the importance of predictable, sustained and long term funding for education.
Politicians need to hear from parents, guardians, grandparents and the public at large, how necessary education funding is in a time of economic uncertainty.
This is a critical time to unite and raise our voices to ensure proper government funding for education as an investment in our future and provide long-term, sustained resources to our schools. On July 13, 2018, the Premier launched an action plan that would address some of the concerns that arose in the 2017 report on the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes, Now is the Time. This action plan promised to make changes to our education system that would improve and enhance the educational experience for the students of our province. It is our job to hold our government accountable for those promises and ensure that every effort is made to provide our children with a quality education in a safe and caring environment.
With a provincial election taking place in 2019 this is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of educated Newfoundlanders and Labradorians as a key to sustaining a vibrant, dynamic province in the future.
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