EDMONTON,AB- Representatives with the Alberta Teachers Association say they have no confidence in the current education minister Adriana LaGrange.
In a no-confidence motion held this morning at their annual assembly, 99.9 per cent voted in favor, according to a tweet posted on Twitter.
Issues surrounding, the province’s handling of COVID-19 transmission in schools, the new curriculum, and an overall sense of teachers feeling ‘ angry, disrespected, and undervalued, is what triggered the vote.
Dustin Look, communications officer of ATA Medicine Hat Local 1 said in an email that all members voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
” We are hoping what follows is a renewed willingness of the government to work together with teachers in an honest fashion by listening to their concerns and responding with support for public education,” Look said.
This motion of non-confidence has passed, with 99% of delegates in favour. #ARA2021 #abed #ableg
— Alberta Teachers Association (@albertateachers) May 23, 2021
In a statement to CHAT NEWS, Nicole Sparrow press secretary for minister LaGrange said they will continue to work with the education system, including the union to ensure students receive the education they deserve.
“It is disappointing that the union continues to play politics with our students’ education. While the union advances its own special interests, Minister LaGrange’s top priority will always be Alberta’s students,” Sparrow said in a statement.
Sarah Hoffman education critic for education stated that this unprecedented vote of nonconfidence is the result of two years of dishonesty and hostility to public education.