local voices

The provincial government has launched a review of K-12 education in Manitoba. Read the announcement of the New Commission on K-12 Education, along with the association's response to it.

The association participated in the consultation process held throughout the province. On behalf of MSBA, the provincial executive submitted its brief to the Commission.

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. Together, they could silence the community’s voice in education completely. 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 find out about the range of local choices school boards across the province are making in support of identified community needs, please scroll through these divisional profiles.

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. 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). Contact information for all MLAs, including email addresses, is available here.

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 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. 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.


K-12 Education Review
Video | FR
Minister of Education Mandate Letter
The Veteran's Voice


President Alan Campbell outlines why K-12 Review is so important and how to get involved.

President Alan Campbell Interview with CBC Radio

Interview with CJOB

Testing the candidatesThe Carillon
Local voices for local choicesThe Winkler Morden Voice
Keep education decisions localThe Manitoba Co-operator
Local school boards must have a role in education reviewWinnipeg Free Press
MSBA Editorial
MSBA Officials Look to Maintain Local Voice in Public Education


MSBA Submission News Release (June 7)
MSBA Brief
MSBA Brief (FR)
MSBA Submission
Local Voices Brochure
Quick Facts about School Boards
Manitoba's Pre-Budget Consultation: An Education Perspective
Manitobans' Views on the Future of Provincial School Board System
Template Letter | FR

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