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Education minister to pare back board that tackles truancy – Calgary Herald

by ahnationtalk on June 15, 201786 Views


Alberta’s education minister is creating a new provincial attendance office and cutting the size of a board he said has been ineffective at improving chronic truancy.

Just a quarter of students referred to Alberta’s 118-member attendance board in 2014-15 improved their school attendance, Eggen said Wednesday.

The quasi-judicial board, which has powers such as referring a truant student to court and ordering parents to pay a fine or take their child to a treatment program, may not be the best way to build trust with families, many of whom are indigenous, Eggen said.

“First Nations attendance problems are significant. We need to try to restore confidence, and not just with students, but families and parents as part of the residential schools legacy to improve attendance,” Eggen said.

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