2007 News Releases
Tuesday, December 04, 2007Alberta’s 15-year olds place among world’s best on international tests
For the second time in a week, international test results have placed Alberta students among the world’s best.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007Alberta’s Grade 4 students demonstrate strong results on international literacy test
Alberta Grade 4 students achieved top three in the world in the latest international literacy tests.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007Changes allow for $25-million payment to teachers for pension liability
Teachers’ Pension Plans Amendment Act, 2007, which was introduced in the Legislature November 21, will authorize government to pay $25 million to cover the teachers’ share of the pre-1992 unfunded pension liability from September 1 to the end of December.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007Young Albertans urged to “be better than bullying”
Young Albertans are encouraged to ‘reverse it’ and ‘be better than bullying’ to make Alberta’s communities safer. The “Reverse it. Be better than bullying,” awareness campaign encourages youth to change behaviour that may cause hurt or harm to others.
Thursday, November 15, 2007Teachers, students, school boards and taxpayers benefit from solution to unfunded pension liability
The Alberta government and the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) have reached an agreement in principle to address the $2.1-billion teachers’ pre-1992 unfunded pension liability.
Thursday, November 08, 2007Education Minister promotes career education and attends WorldSkills competition in Japan
Education Minister Ron Liepert will represent the province at the 39th WorldSkills Competition in Shizouka, Japan from November 14-18.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007Edmonton and Calgary P3 schools project moves to next stage
The Alberta government has invited construction industry applicants to submit their qualifications for the public-private partnership (P3) new schools pilot project. The project, announced in June, will result in the construction of 18 new schools in Edmonton and Calgary.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007Government-Microsoft partnership enriches student learning
A new $1 million partnership agreement between the Government of Alberta and Microsoft Canada will benefit more than 2,000 students participating in a wireless learning project in Alberta.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007Teacher exchange programs give Alberta students opportunity to become global learners
Alberta students are becoming global citizens thanks to teacher exchange programs coordinated through Alberta Education. To acknowledge these contributions to education, teachers from Alberta and abroad are being recognized on October 5, World Teachers’ Day.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007More Alberta students are staying in school
Students have significantly improved in many areas of learning including staying in school and excelling on diploma examinations; they're also reporting that they are receiving a quality education, according to Alberta Education's annual Accountability Pillar results report. However, student performance on Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and Diploma Examinations (DIPs) at the acceptable level has declined, leading to an examination of ways to address these results.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007Students benefit from teachers’ second language learning
Alberta students are benefiting from enhanced second language instruction thanks to a Government of Alberta scholarship and bursary program that awarded a total of $85,000 to 24 current and future Kindergarten to Grade 12 teachers.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007New education programs reach out to at-risk youth
More Alberta youth have new opportunities to stay in school, thanks to five new outreach programs launched this September.
Thursday, September 13, 2007Education Minister exploring innovative career training in northwestern U.S.
Education Minister Ron Liepert is exploring innovative new approaches to career programming during a one-day tour of facilities in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington on September 17.
Thursday, August 30, 2007Province invests additional $97 million for 17 school modernization projects
The Government of Alberta is investing $97 million, in unanticipated 4th quarter surplus dollars, into 17 school infrastructure projects as part of an overall $350-million commitment to capital maintenance. These new dollars will be allocated to 17 school jurisdictions across the province to significantly enhance learning environments for students and staff.
Thursday, August 30, 2007Metro school boards receive $100 million for modernization
Government has allocated $100 million from Alberta Education's 2007-08 capital budget to the four major school boards in Edmonton and Calgary to support school infrastructure modernization projects.
Thursday, June 28, 2007Government and the Alberta Teachers’ Association working together on solution to the teachers’ unfunded pension liability
Premier Ed Stelmach is accelerating discussions with the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) to find a lasting solution to the teachers' unfunded pension liability.
Thursday, June 21, 2007First Nations, Métis and Inuit student success celebrated on National Aboriginal Day
The provincial government has released two reports, which identifies promising practices used by several Alberta schools to heighten academic achievement and support high school completion among First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007New partnership advances student success in technology careers
A new partnership between government and business will increase student access to technology careers by making an internationally recognized technology certificate available to students at a reduced cost.
Thursday, June 14, 2007Province uses new approach to build 18 new schools
An innovative approach to new school construction by the Alberta Government will result in 18 new schools opening in Edmonton and Calgary by September 2010, the largest Kindergarten to Grade 9 (K-9) schools project undertaken in Canada.
Thursday, June 14, 2007Province announces nine new schools for Calgary
An innovative approach to new school construction by the Alberta Government will result in nine new schools in Calgary by September 2010.
Thursday, June 14, 2007Province announces nine new schools for Edmonton
An innovative approach to new school construction by the Alberta Government will result in nine new schools opening in Edmonton by September 2010.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007JAWS receives $1 million in funding for CTS lab
The Government of Alberta has committed $1 million to fund the modernization of a new Career and Technology Studies (CTS) lab at J.A. Williams High School (JAWS) in Lac La Biche.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007St. Paul students benefit from school infrastructure investment
The Government of Alberta has committed to support multiple school projects in the St. Paul region, including funding for St. Paul Education Regional Division (SPERD) to support a second phase of modernization for the St. Paul Regional High School’s Career and Technology Studies (CTS) lab.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007Government appoints third member to teachers’ unfunded pension task force
The provincial government has appointed Allan Scott of Edmonton as the third member of a provincial task force to review options to address the teachers' portion of the pre-1992 unfunded pension liability.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007Task force to address teachers’ portion of unfunded pension proceeds
Education Minister Ron Liepert expressed his disappointment in the Alberta Teachers' Association's (ATA) decision not to participate as a member of the task force established to seek long term solutions to the teachers' portion of the pre-1992 unfunded liability issue which currently sits at $2.1 billion.
Friday, May 18, 2007Task force seeks solutions on $2.1 billion pension burden for Alberta teachers
The provincial government today announced the members of a provincial task force to review options to address the teachers’ portion of the pre-1992 unfunded pension liability.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007Excellence in Teaching Awards celebrates outstanding teachers
Twenty-three outstanding teachers will have their contributions to Alberta's students celebrated at a special awards ceremony in Edmonton on May 12.
Friday, May 04, 2007Students use videoconference to link natural science and art lessons
Grade 5 students at Rideau Park School in Edmonton and Irvine School in Irvine used the latest videoconferencing technology to take a science-focussed art lesson from celebrated Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman in Victoria , British Columbia .
Wednesday, May 02, 2007Schools receive $4.5 million for career and technology studies improvements
As part of Budget 2007, the province is providing $4.5 million to help Alberta schools enhance and improve existing facilities and equipment used for Career and Technology Studies (CTS).
Wednesday, May 02, 2007High school completion is a community affair
Findings from a province-wide consultation aimed at keeping students in school demonstrate that a shared commitment from the Alberta government and communities is needed to effect change.
Thursday, April 26, 2007Early learners benefit from English as a Second Language and Francisation programming
The important role language development plays in a child's education will be recognized this September when the Alberta government extends English as a Second Language (ESL) and Francisation programs to children as young as 3½ years old.
Thursday, April 19, 2007Government takes initial step to address teachers' portion of unfunded pension liability
The government has submitted a letter to the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) to commence discussions on seeking a fair, final and lasting solution to the teachers' portion of the pre-1992 unfunded pension liability.
Thursday, April 19, 2007Budget 2007
Alberta's Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system for the 2007-08 fiscal year will reach nearly $5.8 billion - an increase of $204 million or 3.7% over the previous fiscal year.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007Improving Albertans’ quality of life
The 2007 Excellence in Teaching Awards Program is recognizing 130 Alberta teachers as award finalists, celebrating their outstanding creativity and innovation in our province's Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system.
Monday, February 12, 2007Conference highlights Alberta school ingenuity
When it comes to new ideas for improving student learning, educators are once again showing made-in-Alberta solutions are second to none.