The Board of Trustees would like to thank all those who supported our students, families, and division with regards to Bill 64. The provincial government has opted to table Bill 64, thus it will not be voted on in November. The board will keep the public informed should Bill 64 be reintroduced or rewritten.
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Bill 64 – Did You Know?
The Manitoba government has presented Bill 64 with the goal of transforming the way K-12 education happens in Manitoba. It raises significant concerns we believe the community needs to know. If passed, Bill 64 will impact our students and our community in the following ways:
- Local School Divisions Disappear: 37 school divisions are not amalgamating into 15 regions. Divisions are being abolished and replaced by one central Provincial Education Authority (PEA) in Winnipeg.
- Local Voice Disappears: You will no longer elect an area school board; instead, the government will appoint the PEA in Winnipeg.
- Local Choice Disappears: A “one size fits all” centralized approach to education based in Winnipeg will replace a community focused approach to education and community building. Local programs are in jeopardy such as technical vocational opportunities, partnerships with organizations like Carman Family Resource Center, and other specialized programs may be discontinued.
- Local Values Will Be Eroded. Local school boards have played a significant role in shaping the culture and values in our schools because they live in and know the community. A distant Provincial Education Authority (Winnipeg) will not understand local communities and will impose their values in our schools.
- Local Educational Leaders Will Be Chosen by the Provincial Education Authority (Winnipeg). Presently a local school board chooses the Superintendent and the Principals. Bill 64 states that the Provincial Education Authority chooses all educational leadership.
- How Local Educational Tax Dollars Are Spent will Be decided in Winnipeg rather than having a locally accountable school board set educational priorities and budgets for our area, a government appointed authority will decide how your taxes are used. And please make no mistake—while the government has said that it will end local tax to support schools, education funding will be based on some sort of taxing formula; where else would it come from?
Current and Bill 64 Proposed Structures
|Democracy||All school boards are elected locally||All members of the Provincial Education Authority (PEA), in Winnipeg, will be government appointees|
|Hiring||Local school boards hire all superintendents, principals and vice principals.|
Local superintendent and principals hire teachers for local schools.
|The Provincial Education Authority (PEA), in Winnipeg, will hire all of these positions for our schools.
It is unclear who will hire teachers.
|Division Assets||School divisions own all assets.||All assets will be turned over to the Provincial Education Authority (PEA), in Winnipeg, including all items that have been fundraised for locally.|
|Purchasing||Currently all purchases are decided by the local school division.||All tenders will be required to use the provincial RFP program; the Provincial Education Authority (PEA), in Winnipeg, will determine budgets and will make purchasing decisions|
|Local Schools||There is a moratorium for school closures right now.|
Local schools and boards determine school programs within the Department of Education guidelines.
Local boards develop and monitor school policy
|The moratorium for school closures is gone in Bill 64. The Provincial Education Authority (PEA), in Winnipeg, determines whether a school remains open or not.
The Provincial Education Authority (PEA), in Winnipeg, will determine all school programs in each school
The Provincial Education Authority (PEA), in Winnipeg, will determine school policies.
- March 22, 2021 – The Superintendent/CEO presented on the K-12 Commission Report and Bill 64 at the March 22, 2021, Regular Board meeting.