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Notley calls for Education Minister to resign

Last Updated Aug 7, 2020 at 11:58 am MST

Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange speaking on school re-entry plan on June 10, 2020. (PHOTO: CityNews)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Another provincial minister is being asked to step down by Alberta’s official opposition.

On Friday, Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley called out Education Minister Adriana LaGrange for not putting the health and safety of students and teachers first.

It comes after LaGrange announced the next steps for Alberta’s curriculum review which will LaGrange said will have students focus on the basics of literacy and numeracy.

She also talked about political biases in the curriculum but never gave a clear answer to what specifically was biased in some subjects like social studies.

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The announcement by LaGrange was met with criticism as some called it nothing more than a distraction.

“It was an attempt to distract and a bad one at that. The UCP is trying to distract from the fact that they haven’t acted to make schools safe for September,” said Education Critic Sarah Hoffman. “If she can’t keep kids safe she has no business being the Minister or Education.”

Barbara Silva with Support our Students agreed with that, adding the issues the UCP are tackling with the curriculum are nothing more than a manufactured crisis.

“This is not the time to be talking about a new curriculum, standardized tests. Teachers are stressed, overwhelmed with the idea of playing healthcare provider.”

This is the second time in the last few months, an Alberta minister has been asked to resign. The Opposition and members of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) have asked Health Minister Tyler Shandro to step down over disputes with doctors regarding compensation and bargaining rights.

Kenney has said he stands by Shandro despite a vote of non-confidence from members of the AMA.