May 042011

Text of the petition WHEREAS we must respond to the needs of all students in the Quebec school system, those who have special needs, and those who do not; WHEREAS classes should have a balanced composition, reflecting the image of society; WHEREAS each student should be evaluated according to his or her needs and abilities, and should receive appropriate and immediate services when experiencing difficulties in school; WHEREAS all students are equal and have a right to services when they need them, and not simply when they are available; WHEREAS the government has made numerous and repeated promises to improve this situation; We, the undersigned, ask the National Assembly to take the means necessary to carry out as quickly as possible the motion passed unanimously on October 27, and to respect its own promises in this regard. We therefore demand that the government take the necessary steps to balance classes, in order to meet the needs of all students, those with handicaps, with behaviour problems or learning disabilities; and that all stakeholders in education engage in resolving this issue, including the government of Quebec, which must supply a framework and adequate resources. To sign this petition, click on the following link:

Apr 032011

The new targets for academic success established by the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) through its Partnership/Management Agreements is generating much concern among teachers who fear that they will be forced to grade their students easier in order to meet the success rate imposed on them. If teachers don’t evaluate students on their true abilities and knowledge, how can it be in the best interest of the students?

Moreover, after lengthy discussions concerning the integration of students with special needs, teachers are concerned about lengthy delays (which Ms. Line Beauchamp has said could drag on until the Fall of 2012). In the Government’s recent budget, $240 million was allocated for technology in education but nothing was allocated for special education!

Teachers throughout the province are invited to join QPAT, FSE-CSQ and other interest groups at a public demonstration at l’Assemblée Nationale in Quebec City on May 14th at 11 a.m.

This promises to be a massive event! For more information, you are invited to visit the FSE website (French or English). QPAT will be informing its members shortly through its website and possibly its Liaison newsletter, so stay tuned!

Of course, its a long way away to Quebec City for ESTA-AEES members so I invite you to participate in one of the following ways:

  • Leave a word of encouragement on QPAT’s Facebook or Twitter page.
  • Complete and send the survey “Common Report Card” that you will soon receive in your school/centre.
  • Leave a comment on the ESTA website, Facebook page, or Twitter page.