PEC Points

May 8, 2012
Shelley Svidal
Highlights of the Provincial Executive Council meeting held April 4 and 5, 2012, at Barnett House
  1. Adjusted the 2012/13 proposed budget to align the automobile allowance rate with that determined by the Canada Revenue Agency.
  2. Approved a memorandum of understanding between the Association and Ambrose University College granting interim recognition of Ambrose’s teacher preparation program.
  3. Received the report of a hearing committee, which found a teacher guilty of two charges of unprofessional conduct for forwarding a series of e-mails to a colleague in which the approach taken and language used were unbecoming to a professional in his or her relationship with a colleague and for making critical reports about a colleague to school administration without providing the colleague with an advance copy of those reports. The hearing committee imposed the penalty of a letter of severe reprimand and a fine of $500 on the first charge and a letter of severe reprimand and a fine of $300 on the second charge. Failure to pay the fines within 30 days of receipt of the report may result in loss of membership in the Association.
  4. Received the report of a hearing committee, which found a teacher guilty of two charges of unprofessional conduct for abandoning the teacher’s teaching position by giving less than 30 days’ notice in writing of the teacher’s intention to do so, thus failing to fulfill contractual obligations to the teacher’s employer, and for making a critical report on the professional performance of the teacher’s principal to the superintendent of schools without first providing the principal with a copy of the report. The hearing committee imposed the penalty of a single letter of severe reprimand to address both charges.
  5. Received the report of a hearing committee, which found a teacher guilty of one charge of unprofessional conduct for altering student response sheets on a provincial achievement test, thereby failing to maintain the honour and dignity of the profession. The hearing committee imposed the penalty of a letter of severe reprimand.
  6. Authorized an overexpenditure to enable the Association to undertake qualitative research to assess public opinion.
  7. Awarded Alberta Teachers’ Association Doctoral Fellowships in Education, the John Mazurek Memorial–Morgex Insurance Scholarship and the Nadene M. Thomas Graduate Research Bursary.
  8. Approved the names of two teachers for addition to the Association Administrator Instructors name bank, which is used as a source of appointments to the Association Administrator Instructors corps as the need arises.
  9. Approved the names of 11 teachers for addition to the Retirement Consultants name bank, which is used as a source of appointments to the Retirement Consultants corps as the need arises.
  10. Amended administrative guidelines regarding financial procedures.
  11. Amended an administrative guideline regarding staff.