Bill 64 – Education Modernization ActMay 28, 2021
The Honourable Cliff Cullen, Minister of Education and the Parent Engagement Task Force are hosting telephone town halls with Manitobans from across the province, focused on answering questions that help shape the roles and responsibilities of the School Community Councils and explore best practices for parent participation and engagement.
Register to receive a call for one of the Better Education Starts Today telephone town halls.
A northern Manitoba session is planned for Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Register For Northern Manitoba Session
A Brandon and rural Manitoba session is planned for Tuesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Register For Brandon And Rural Manitoba Session
A Winnipeg session is planned for Wednesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Register For Winnipeg Session
The most important thing stakeholders in education can do is register to present on Bill 64.
Members of the public may register with the Office of the Clerk by calling 204-945-3636.
Important links and resources
- Better Education MB website
- BILL 64 The Education Modernization Act
- Provincial online survey
- WSD K to 12 Continuous Improvement Report
- WSD Submission to MB Commission on K to 12 Education Review
- Policy Alternatives Submission: Bill 64: The Public Education Modernization Act is Racist
- Bill 64 – Townhall – Jon Gerrard
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative
March 18, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Re: Report of the Commission on K to 12 Education release
Education Minister Cliff Cullen has released the Commission on K to 12 Education Report and the Province of Manitoba's response and initial plans for implementation.
There is a lot of information for us to review and understand in these documents, however, the key point is that Winnipeg School Division and your child's school are continuing business as usual. All of our current programming will continue to be provided to our students while the legislative process unfolds.
Minister Cullen has stated that his department's priority is to maintain stability in the classroom for students, parents, and the broader school community. As such, there will be no immediate changes in everyday school life. Policies for school catchment and schools of choice remain the same. The province has indicated that they expect the changes to the governance structure to be implemented by July 1, 2022, with the Provincial Education Authority possibly being established as early as this fall.
We will maintain our focus on delivering the excellent education programming for which Winnipeg School Division is known. We have seen our students' continuous improvement in reading, writing and mathematics over the past several years, with our results surpassing Provincial rates.
The Province's timeline is as follows:
- Consult with parents, parent advisory councils, and school staff on the role parents can and should play in decision making, and the role and process for school community councils.
- Consult with education staff and stakeholders on priority actions.
- Call for proposals and engagement for several large-scale priority actions including a curriculum review panel, a new assessment framework, and a funding review.
- Release a road map for the implementation of the priority actions and the timelines for change.
As early as November 2021
- Provincial Education Authority established, with the changes to the current school trustee system expected by July 1, 2022.
We will work with Manitoba Education to ensure we maintain the gains made with our students over the past decade. We all have the same goal – excellence in education for our students. We will continue to support our students and hard-working staff in every way possible throughout these proposed changes.
WSD senior administration, along with the board of trustees, is reviewing Manitoba Education's documents and proposed changes to determine how they will impact our students, our staff and you, our families, and we will meet with the Minister and his department at every opportunity to ensure the best possible future for our students.
Thank you for your continued support of your community school and the Winnipeg School Division.
Winnipeg School Division