local voices

In January, 2019, the provincial government will be launching a review of Manitoba’s K-12 education system. Two matters which may be under consideration in this review are the large-scale amalgamation of the current 37 elected school boards in our province, and a possible move to appointed, rather than elected, school boards.

School boards are grassroots, democratic institutions. Alone, either of these changes would severely undermine the ability of communities to shape local schools. The first would create overly-large administrative units, and the second would eliminate the right of communities to choose their own representatives to govern their school system. Together, these two changes could silence the community’s voice in education completely. Together, they would take away community ownership of local schools.

If you value education and your ability to help shape local schools to meet community needs, we encourage you to voice your concerns about these possible changes with provincial government officials, including the Premier of Manitoba, the Minister of Education and Training, and your local MLA. A template letter, that you are welcome to use for this purpose, can be found under the downloads section of this page. Contact information for all MLAs, including email addresses, is available by clicking here.

To hear what our local veterans had to say about the importance of local voices and local choices in education, please visit The Veteran's Voice page.

Links & Downloads

To learn more about why local voices and local choices matter when it comes to public education in your community, please watch our video (FR) or view these 15 quick facts about school boards.

To stay in the loop about the latest news and developments concerning local voice and local choice in education, please like or follow our Facebook page.

To write a letter to your local MLA in support of maintaining local voices and local choices for education in your community, please download our template letter (FR).

In this Steinbach Online Story, the Minister of Education addressed the possible elimination of school boards. We subsequently responded to those comments.

Learn more about the Government of Manitoba’s 2019 Pre-Budget Survey and how your voice matters concerning the proposed education options on this survey.

To learn more about Manitobans’ views regarding local voice and local choice in education, please see the results of Probe Research’s September 2018 Opinion Poll.

Links & Downloads

Video | FR
Quick Facts about School Boards
Template Letter | FR
Minister of Education Mandate Letter | MSBA Editorial
Manitoba's Pre-Budget Consultation: An Education Perspective
Manitobans' Views on the Future of Provincial School Board System
The Veteran's Voice

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