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Discussion Questions


Overall, we are seeking your views, ideas, and advice with regard to 1) who should do what, and 2) how things should be done in our education system to better facilitate student learning.
School Boards


1:
Should education services continue to be delivered by corporate entities at arm's length from Government?
1a:
If boards should continue to be part of the governance model, what role and responsibilities should they have? What method(s) of trustee selection should be considered? How many school districts/units should there be?
1b:
If boards should no longer form part of the governance model, what new or existing structure(s) should assume their roles and responsibilities?
2:
If elected school boards are retained, what can be done to better engage and involve Islanders in trustee elections?
2a:
How often should elections be held?
2b:
Should school board elections be held at the same time as other elections (e.g. provincial elections)?
2c:
Should the basis for trustee electoral boundaries be changed, (e.g. representation at large, aligned with 'families of schools')?
2d:
What processes might be used to better inform and engage voters? Who should be responsible for voter education?
2e:
Should limits be placed on the total or consecutive number of terms that a trustee may serve?
2f:
Should additional qualifications be established for trustee eligibility criteria, and if so, what should they be?
2g:
What approaches might help to more fully engage Islanders in electing their trustees?
Roles and Responsibilities


1a:
The roles and responsibilities among the partners in the education system need to be clearly defined. Specifically, what roles and responsibilities would you allocate to each of the following? a) The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
1b:
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
1c:
School boards
1d:
Superintendents and school board staff
1e:
School administrators (principals, vice-principals)
1f:
Teachers
1g:
Non-instructional staff
1h:
Home and School Associations / School Advisory Councils
1i:
Parents
1j:
Students
2:
What is needed to ensure these roles and responsibilities are in fact carried out as intended?
3:
What is needed to ensure that the education system is focused on student learning?
Accountability


1:
How should the education system establish clear goals and targets for student learning? How should they be renewed?
2a:
How should each of the following education partners be held accountable for student learning? a) The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
2b:
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
2c:
School boards
2d:
Superintendents and school board staff
2e:
School administrators (principals, vice-principals)
2f:
Teachers
2g:
Non-instructional staff
2h:
Home and School Associations / School Advisory Councils
2i:
Parents
2j:
Students
3a:
What accountability mechanisms or processes, including assessment, evaluation and reporting, are needed at all levels, with regard to: a) Literacy and numeracy learning outcomes?
3b:
Implementation of curriculum?
3c:
Special education?
3d:
Management of budgets, operations and facilities?
Equity and Consistency


1:
What is needed to provide equitable, consistent opportunities for all students?
2:
What is needed to provide equitable, consistent opportunities for teachers, administrators and other personnel?
3:
How should system-wide equity and consistency be balanced with local school flexibility and responsiveness to community expectations and wishes?
4:
In policy or practice, is it appropriate or acceptable to have regional or school-level variations? If so, in what areas and to what degree?
Engagement and Inclusion


1a:
How should each of the following be engaged in the shared leadership and development of our education system? a) Parents/guardians
1b:
Students
1c:
Community organizations
1d:
Related service providers
1e:
The community at large, including employers
1f:
Other (please identify).
Efficiency


1:
What is needed to maximize efficient use of resources and funding?
2:
What is needed to minimize duplication?
3:
What is needed to ensure that resource allocation is focused on student learning?
System Infrastructure


1a:
With regard to the education system's infrastructure, who should be responsible for the following functions? Why? a) Long-term capital planning?
1b:
Major renovations and new construction?
1c:
Ownership, management, and maintenance of buildings and properties?
1d:
Ownership, management, and maintenance of the bus fleet?
1e:
Should education services continue to be delivered by corporate entities at arm's length from Government?
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