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This hurts working and single parents who don't have flexible jobs or extended family to help them. To place this kind of stress on Calgary families who have come through the worst recession in decades and where unemployment is the highest in the country is just not right.

The board also said some schools will see their bell time changed by up to 30 minutes
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While election financing laws have been changed provincially, they have not changed for trustee elections.

Corporations, unions, and political action committees can donate to trustee elections and this must be changed.

Kids Come First and CAPSC (Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils) have launched a petition asking the Alberta Government to end special interest group financing of trustee elections.

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Lisa Davis of Kids Come First states “Education must be free from influence of special interest groups who have funding available that ordinary Albertans do not have access to”.

These legislative changes must be made for the upcoming October 2017 trustee elections.

For example, the last Calgary Board of Education trustee was elected in a by-election in 2015. The successful candidate, Julie Hrdlicka, took almost $19,000 in union donations. This was a huge increase from past elections and was four times the amount the next candidate raised in total from third parties. School boards also spend millions of dollars on third party contracts, and it is important these expenditures are perceived to be free from interference.

Althea Adams agrees “the current government took important steps to special interest group financing from provincial elections, and now must move quickly to ensure that individual Albertans determine the election of trustees, and not special interest groups”.

Sign the petition at:
http://www.kidsarefirst.ca

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Parents entrust their children to the judgement of professionals in the school board. It is important this special relationship between children, parents, teachers and administrators is not perceived to be influenced by third parties.
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Half Measures – Not enough schools, or enough funding reaching the classroom – both Alberta Ed and CBE need to do better

http://calgaryherald.com/…/bieber-our-students-deserve-a-st…

By Sarah Bieber On the surface, it seems like last week’s budget was good news for Alberta’s children.
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Calgary Editorial Board Agrees with Kids Come First that Math Trends are Concerning
http://calgaryherald.com/…/editorial-math-grades-dont-add-up

Of all the school subjects that should produce consistent grades, mathematics has to be chief among them.
calgaryherald.com

Former Exam Director Comments on Kids Come First data about Grade Inflation
http://www.metronews.ca/…/ab-curriculum-rewrite-opportunity…

Alberta's former director of diploma exams says the curriculum rewrite is an opportunity for the government to create clear curriculum standards
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Danielle Smith – High School Grade Inflation revealed by Kids Come First Data

https://omny.fm/shows/danielle-smith/grade-inflation…

Lisa Davis, founder, Kids Come First, talks about the CBE and how they published math marks, which showed significant disparity between school marks and diploma/provincial achievement tests.
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High School Grade Inflation Report by Kids Come First shows inequalities

http://www.metronews.ca/…/grade-inflation-rampant-at-cbe-sc…

Kids Come First said CBE's published math marks show significant disparity between school marks and diploma or provincial achievement exams
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Who is in control of education – parents or unions?
http://www.newstalk770.com/…/private-schools-hit-back-at-…/…

The Phoenix Foundation in Calgary and other private schools across the province say an Alberta advocacy group ...
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February 3rd Story about Kids Come First Launch – New Education Advocacy Group
http://www.metronews.ca/…/new-education-advocacy-group-tack…

Kids Come First said they will focus on issues surrounding math education as well as Alberta Education and school board spending
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CBE Math – grade 6 failure rate 58% higher than Catholic Board and northeast schools at severe disadvantage
http://globalnews.ca/…/kids-come-first-report-suggests-cal…/

Results of a Kids Come First survey were particularly troubling in northeast Calgary, where 93 per cent of schools are falling below the provincial average in math. That’s the case for students in only 47 per cent of Catholic schools.
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Kids Come First shared a link.
March 13
With more careers than ever requiring math, parents say grade inflation by some teachers in that subject is putting public school students at a huge disadvantage when they write final exams and app…
calgaryherald.com
Kids Come First shared a link.
March 13
Alberta's former director of diploma exams says the curriculum rewrite is an opportunity for the government to create clear curriculum standards
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Our response to CBE regarding math in the NE

Advocating for Education
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Our response to CBE on math in the NE.

Advocating for Education
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Kids Come First response to #yycbe statement calling report on math "misleading & inaccurate" http://ow.ly/d/5RZ9 #abed