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Aligning the English Language School Board and department

In order to successfully implement the direction for education, the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture must be responsible and accountable for the education system and student achievement.

CONSOLIDATION OF SERVICES

Government's vision for education is to deliver the highest possible education to our students so that they can achieve excellence. The current organizational structure needs to be reworked. In order to successfully implement the direction for education, the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture will be fully responsible and accountable for the education system and student achievement. The PEI Education Governance Commission (2012) studied scenarios that would reduce the number of layers of responsibility, including the consolidation of all functions within the Department.

The Commission found that consolidation of services within the Department would achieve efficiencies, bring unity of purpose and direction, ensure speed of execution, and improve accountability and consistency.

The functions of the English Language School Board will be aligned within the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture. Under this new model, the Minister is clearly responsible and accountable for the results and outcomes of the education system. The structure allows for all partners important to student success to have much greater input into the system.

A Crown agency within the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture will ensure that the salaries, pensions and benefits of Board employees will not be impacted by this change. It will be business as usual for the operations of schools.

Ricky Hood has been appointed as the sole trustee of the English Language School Board until the functions of the Board and Department are aligned by the summer of 2016. Mr. Hood is a former superintendent of the Eastern School District who had a 36-year career in the PEI education system.

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