Hi potential separate school trustees: I am a teacher as well as the Political Engagement Officer on the executive of the Greater Black Gold Teachers’ Local #8. I would like to invite you to think about and answer the following questions.
The objective of these questions is to publicize the upcoming school board election and to show voters where you stand on certain issues. These questions and answers will be published in the local newspaper of the area you represent in October. Please email your answers to me by Sunday, Sept. 29 and keep your answers succinct, around 50 words each at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose not to respond, that will also be published. Please email me at email@example.com) by Wednesday evening, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., so that I can be sure you have received this message.
Questions for separate school trustees running in the St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School District.
• What is your main reason for running in this election?
• Alberta is the richest province in Canada but we do not have sustained funding for our public education system. Funding for public education has been reduced even though enrolment has increased. Some have suggested that if instead of a flat tax, Alberta returned to an indexed system of taxation dependent on income, public education could be adequately funded consistently instead of being dependent on oil revenue. What will you do as a trustee to ensure all children in the district have access to high quality education?
• In Alberta, Catholic education is part of the public school system. Why do you think this is important?