I'm running for Edmonton Public School trustee in Ward E, because I believe in public education that works for every learner.
Public education in our province is facing overwhelming challenges: budget cuts; a funding formula that no longer funds enrollment growth each year; cuts to early education and interventions; a loss of educational assistants, speech language therapists, and support staff; a proposed curriculum that has insurmountable flaws and has been rejected by more than two-thirds of school districts - all amid a global pandemic that has disrupted learning for students and taxed educators to their limits.
As a parent of 3 EPSB students (and one eager to join his siblings!), all with unique and sometimes challenging learning needs, I've spent the last 14 months seeking reassurance and direction for my kids' education. It took me nearly that long to realize I could be that voice for other parents, for students, and for our district.
I believe in fully-funded public education that strives to meet the needs of every learner. I believe that educators are the experts on curriculum and pedagogy. I believe that parents are the experts on their children. And I believe that we can - and must - build a system to support the mental health and resilience of students and educators. Now more than ever.
In my work as a political researcher and analyst, I think about the structures and dynamics of power and how people, policies, and institutions can support or resist that power. How we can engage with and change it. I pledge to centre the principles of reconciliation, decolonization, and anti-racism in my representation of Ward E.
And I'm here to learn. I want to hear from you about your experiences in education right now, your concerns, your hopes for the future.
For Ward E, for education, for everyone.
~ Rebecca Graff-McRae