Braid: Minister says CBE blindsided her on layoffs; might reverse them – Calgary Herald

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange (centre) speaks to reporters during the announcement of the school projects supported by the Budget 2019 Capital Plan, including a new high school in the northeast. Brendan Miller/Postmedia She won’t quite say it — yet — but Education Minister Adriana LaGrange might force the CBE to cancel layoffs of 300 temporary…

Braid: Minister says CBE blindsided her on layoffs; might reverse them – Calgary Herald

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange (centre) speaks to reporters during the announcement of the school projects supported by the Budget 2019 Capital Plan, including a new high school in the northeast.

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She won’t quite say it — yet — but Education Minister Adriana LaGrange might force the CBE to cancel layoffs of 300 temporary teachers.That’s one of the UCP government’s options: a legal directive to the school board, ordering a halt.LaGrange acknowledged this Wednesday in an interview, while adding, “I am considering all options.“For now, we are ordering an audit of finances and a review of CBE governance.”Whatever happens, it’s clear the province won’t accept this status quo.The UCP simply does not agree that a $32-million cut to a $1.2 billion CBE budget requires the layoff of so many teachers, or any at all.They’re also determined not to take the blame.On Tuesday, the board suddenly announced the most drastic and alarming response possible to the funding cut.

The Calgary Board of Education building in downtown Calgary.

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It will terrify parents and the roaming contract teachers most affected. The layoffs will surely drive up class sizes and add stress to staff in many schools.Furious, LaGrange says she was completely blindsided by the CBE.“On Monday, we had a meeting in Edmonton with the chairs, superintendents and CFOs of the four metro boards from Calgary and Edmonton,” she said.“Not once did anybody from the CBE mention layoffs — not once.”Within 24 ho
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