Students should always come first
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 11:53 am
We are sympathetic to both sides of the story in our front-page article.
We understand that as teachers, the Rocky View Teachers Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) Local 35 are frustrated with the high (and seemingly ever-increasing) number of students per class and the lack of supports for special needs students.
Most people become teachers because they truly want to make the world a better place by giving children the best education they can and without the required resources that can be frustrating and seem nearly impossible.
However, we here at the paper also work closely with the Rocky View Schools board of trustees. We know they are also a group of people who want to do what’s best for students.
Many times the board’s hands are tied because they are not receiving enough funds from the Province for education.
Trustees spend many hours in meetings (and we are sure even more at home) struggling with how to best use the limited funds they receive to ensure children receive the best education they can.
The problem seems to lie with the Provincial government. We as residents need to make it clear to our local MLAs that education needs to be a priority for funding.
Other than health care, there is not much that is more important than the education of our children.