Protecting our kids’ education

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This article was published 25/07/2021 (434 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The pandemic has been hard on kids. And now, with a new school year around the corner, it’s time to plan ahead so our kids can have a safe return to school and a great year.
We know that students need many supports to succeed and stay healthy this coming school year, that is why we are actively engaging with parents, teachers, educators, and other professionals to listen to what is needed to ensure students and staff have a safe return to school. 
We know that children under the age of 12 will likely not be vaccinated this fall, and this is causing anxiety for families and educators. One of the best things that can be done to keep kids safe is to invest in upgrading ventilation systems in schools – but the Progressive Conservative government has made no investments to date. 
Documents show that no ventilation upgrades were made this past school year in schools across Manitoba, including Transcona, and when asked at his last press conferences what upgrades were going to take place over the summer, the Minister of Education refused to answer. 
Instead of supporting our schools and making them safe, the PC government withheld $80 million in federal funding to keep schools safe through the pandemic and cut $5 million in provincial funding from our kids’ classrooms in the 2020-21 school year. 
The PC government is clearly not interested in investing in our children’s education or safety. It is more focused on plowing ahead with Bill 64 before it’s even passed.
We recently found out that the Minister has appointed a board responsible for overseeing the implementation of Bill 64, before it has even reached committee stage, and it is made up entirely of hand-picked political appointees. Not a single educator was selected to sit on this board. These political appointments are only going to make it easier for the PCs to make cuts to our kids’ classrooms, just like the $5 million they cut this school year.
It’s time for the PC government to abandon Bill 64 and get to work on upgrading ventilation in our schools so kids and educators can go back to school safely. 
The NDP caucus will continue to fight for safe schools where all of our kids can succeed. 
Want to know more about upcoming events relating to Bill 64? 
Contact me at nello.altomare@yourmanitoba.ca or give us a call at 204-594-2025. 

The pandemic has been hard on kids. And now, with a new school year around the corner, it’s time to plan ahead so our kids can have a safe return to school and a great year.

We know that students need many supports to succeed and stay healthy this coming school year, that is why we are actively engaging with parents, teachers, educators, and other professionals to listen to what is needed to ensure students and staff have a safe return to school. 

We know that children under the age of 12 will likely not be vaccinated this fall, and this is causing anxiety for families and educators. One of the best things that can be done to keep kids safe is to invest in upgrading ventilation systems in schools – but the Progressive Conservative government has made no investments to date. 

Documents show that no ventilation upgrades were made this past school year in schools across Manitoba, including Transcona, and when asked at his last press conferences what upgrades were going to take place over the summer, the Minister of Education refused to answer. 

Instead of supporting our schools and making them safe, the PC government withheld $80 million in federal funding to keep schools safe through the pandemic and cut $5 million in provincial funding from our kids’ classrooms in the 2020-21 school year. 

The PC government is clearly not interested in investing in our children’s education or safety. It is more focused on plowing ahead with Bill 64 before it’s even passed.

We recently found out that the Minister has appointed a board responsible for overseeing the implementation of Bill 64, before it has even reached committee stage, and it is made up entirely of hand-picked political appointees. Not a single educator was selected to sit on this board. These political appointments are only going to make it easier for the PCs to make cuts to our kids’ classrooms, just like the $5 million they cut this school year.

It’s time for the PC government to abandon Bill 64 and get to work on upgrading ventilation in our schools so kids and educators can go back to school safely. 

The NDP caucus will continue to fight for safe schools where all of our kids can succeed. 

Want to know more about upcoming events relating to Bill 64? 

Contact me at nello.altomare@yourmanitoba.ca or give us a call at 204-594-2025. 

Nello Altomare

Nello Altomare
Transcona constituency report

Nello Altomare is the NDP MLA for Transcona.

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