The province will not introduce legislation to reform the education system on Tuesday as discussions continue with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
NSTU president Liette Doucet and Premier Stephen McNeil met on Monday to talk about the recommendations of the Avis Glaze report and the province’s plans to implement it.
“We had a great discussion with the (union) president,” McNeil said after the latest meeting. “We went through all 22 recommendations. We had a fulsome discussion about it (and) also had a great discussion about the upcoming report on inclusion. Even though we haven’t seen the details of it yet, it is a priority of our government’s. The budget will reflect our financial commitment to it and we agreed that we would continue our conversation.”
Although another meeting is not yet scheduled, the premier said it would be sooner rather than later.
Doucet said she couldn’t discuss the details of the meeting.
“All I can say is that we are committed to working with the government to making improvements for our students,” Doucet said after the meeting at the premier’s office. “We’re continuing to discuss. This was one meeting today, however we are expecting some more discussions to look at how we can focus on improving student learning, student achievement, making sure supports are available for students when need and to help teachers in the classroom.”
The side have been at loggerheads over the planned implementation of the Glaze report. Among the contentious issues are the elimination of all English-language school boards in the province in favour of a provincial advisory council, the removal of principals and vice-principals from the union and the creation of a college of teachers to govern licensing and discipline.
The discussions follow meetings the union had with Education Minister Zach Churchill last week after the province’s teachers voted to give the NSTU an overwhelming mandate to hold illegal job action. The union has said no action would take place if the province would meet to discuss the issues and pause on introducing legislation to amend the Education Act
-The Chronicle Herald