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The Alberta Teachers’ Association must resist defining the deteriorating classroom conditions and increasing teacher workload as the result of Alberta’s financial woes. Facts continue to point in the same direction: successive Alberta governments manage under an unsustainable revenue model. Classroom learning conditions and teachers’ conditions of practice must reject excuses for underfunding from government. Alberta governments are poor by choice. Until there is serious and meaningful revenue reform, funding for education will not change.
In the coming school year teachers will again face challenges that affect their ability to provide students with the best education possible. We must continue to ensure funding and support for inclusive education, classroom working conditions, class size and mental health initiatives so that these remain at the forefront of all of our educational stakeholders.
In the near future, teachers, public education and public Catholic education may face political challenges, exceptional risks and short-lived opportunities that will demand much from our Association.
With your support in this byelection, I will be your voice with the experience, strength and passion that will be required to ensure public education is a top priority for Albertans.
I will continue to advocate for our Association to work as a team to build consensus, and together build an engaged and informed membership.
I will guarantee the voices of teachers in Central North are clearly articulated.
I am excited by this opportunity and look forward to working with you.
Robert Twerdoclib is a classroom teacher in Parkland School Division. He has served as
- provincial vice-president, district representative and Parkland Teachers’ Local No. 10 president;
- chair of the curriculum, finance and resolutions committees, and a member of the professional conduct, membership eligibility, political engagement, review of role of superintendents and Teacher Welfare services committees; and
- PEC liaison with the Council of School Counsellors, Social Studies Council, Outreach Education Council and GEOEC.