A very fine story on a very broken school board. My colleague Janet French nibbled away at this story for eight months, reading through FOIPed documents and court documents, nailing down every fact. This isn't about religion or ideology. It's about fundamental incompetence by immature trustees. The fall's election can't come soon enough.
Julie Ali School boards seem to be pretty pointless exercises in democracy. Since the school boards cannot tax they are stuck in a weak relationship with the government of Alberta. Since we can't get the trustees to do much other than yap about shortfalls in cash why not simply eliminate these filler positions? If we really need school boards why not a single province wide superboard with fewer trustees? Why not get rid of 61 expensive school superintendents? We don't have the cash for all these luxury positions and we don't frankly need them. What we do need is money upfront for teachers and kids. Especially the kids with special education needs.