Keep fighting for your kids’ educations
Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 22/09/2021 (375 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
As the calendar turns to the fall season and with kids back at school, it is my hope that everyone is returning to something close to the routines to which we were accustomed before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In legislative news, we now know that the PC government will be withdrawing the five bills that were delayed by the NDP caucus, using our legislative powers as the official Opposition.
These were bills 16, 35, 40, 57 and Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act. These bad Progressive Conservative bills would have made Hydro more expensive, taken away workers’ rights, hurt the fight on addictions and taken away the right to peacefully protest. We’re so happy that our delay forced the PCs to listen to regular Manitobans like you. With your help, we are making a difference as the Opposition. Let’s keep fighting and building a better Manitoba together.
The removal of these bills is a huge victory for Manitobans. Bill 64 had many families in Transcona concerned because it removed locally elected school boards and did not properly address the primary impediment to a child’s learning, namely child poverty. Because we raised our collective voices, the government had little choice but to remove this harmful piece of legislation that would have concentrated all power and decision making regarding public education in the premier’s office.
But the fight is not over. The government continues to cut funding for our children’s education – they cut $5 million just this year. This means fewer educational assitants to help kids who need them, fewer nutrition programs to make sure kids can focus on learning, and less on-on-one time for kids with their teachers.
The battle for a properly funded, student responsive, public education system will continue and the official Opposition and I as the education critic, will ensure that Transcona’s voice is heard when it comes to the future of our public schools.
Keeping our schools open after 17 months of moving between hybrid, at-home and in-class learning is important because we know how valuable in-person learning is to a child’s growth and development.
Keeping schools open would be easier if we had a government that invested more in keeping class sizes small, invested in HVAC upgrades, and invested in the proper clinical supports to help our kids achieve more while at school.
To share your concerns about the PCs’ agenda for our schools, contact me at email@example.com or 204-594-2025.
Transcona constituency report
Nello Altomare is the NDP MLA for Transcona.