The Manitoba government has established a new commission to undertake a comprehensive, independent review of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system. The process will include extensive consultation across Manitoba, and consider a wide range of topics such as student learning, teaching, accountability for student learning, governance, and funding. Hanover School Division Board of Trustees welcome such a review of our public education system.
Two matters which may be under consideration in this review are the large-scale amalgamation of the 37 elected school boards in our province, and a possible move to appointed (rather than elected) school boards. HSD Board of Trustees strongly oppose any mandated reduction of school divisions in Manitoba, or the elimination of locally 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 and take away community ownership of local schools. As citizens within the communities of Hanover School Division, we believe it is important to advocate for school division autonomy. This ensures decisions are made locally, based on what is best for the students within our schools.
Your voice matters, and we need your support! We encourage all parents/guardians and general community members to consider participating in the K-12 Education Review. You can do so by attending a public workshop, submitting a written response, or completing the online survey by May 30, 2019.
Please visit hsd.ca/governance/education-review/ for specific instructions on how you can share your voice, and help shape the future of education in Manitoba.
Ron Falk, Board Chair
Hanover School Division Board of Trustees