2015

ATA President Applauds Revisions to Bill 10 - March 11, 2015

Alberta Teachers’ Association President Mark Ramsankar is applauding the legislative assembly for passing legislation ensuring all students have access to gay-straight alliances (GSAs).

For GSAs to succeed, teachers need clarity, support and protection - March 12, 2015

President Ramsankar is calling on the Alberta government to provide clarity around the implementation of GSAs and to support and protect the teachers and principals involved.

New Data Highlights Growing Class Sizes in Alberta - March 25, 2015

Kindergarten to Grade 3 class sizes in Alberta have grown by over 9 per cent in the past five years according to new data posted recently to the Alberta Education website.

Students Will Not be Protected from the Impact of the Budget, says ATA President - March 26, 2015

As a result of Budget 2015, school boards will be short about $180 million from what they require to maintain the current level of service to students, says Alberta Teachers’ Association President Mark Ramsankar.

Teachers Call for Parties to Respond to Issues Identified in New Study - April 13, 2015

A new study drawing on international data identifies growth, complexity and intensity as three issues needing to be addressed through adequate resources for Alberta’s schools.

ATA President Offers Congratulations to Premier-Elect Notley - May 6, 2015

Alberta Teachers' Association President Mark Ramsankar is offering congratulations to Premier-Elect Rachel Notley on her historic NDP majority win yesterday.

ATA President Welcomes New Minister - May 25, 2015

Alberta Teachers’ Association President Mark Ramsankar is offering congratulations to Edmonton MLA and former teacher David Eggen on his appointment as education minister.

ATA President Applauds Funding Announcement - May 28, 2015

Improved 2015/16 funding for student enrolment growth is a welcome first step in better resourcing schools in the province, according to Alberta Teachers’ Association President Mark Ramsankar.

Support for Gay-Straight Alliances Yields Award Win for ATA Local - August 11, 2015

Five locals of the Alberta Teachers’ Association are being recognized today for outstanding work in the 2014/15 school year related to diversity, equity and human rights, public relations and political engagement.

Ghosts of Budgets Past Continue to Haunt Education in Alberta - October 27, 2015

ATA President Mark Ramsankar says Alberta’s new 2015 budget includes treats and a few tricks for Alberta schools, but says real improvement will depend on the government exorcising the ghosts of budgets past.

First-ever collective agreement for Aurora charter school teachers - November 4, 2015

Eighteen years after they joined the Alberta Teachers’ Association, teachers employed at Aurora Academic Charter School in Edmonton have their first-ever collective agreement.

Two tier bargaining model brings government to the table - November 26, 2015

Bill 8, introduced today in the Alberta Legislature will implement a bi-level bargaining structure that will involve government, as the sole funder of public education, along with school boards in negotiating collective agreements for Alberta’s 38,000 teachers.