The Alberta government's updated Education Act emphasizes a safe learning environment, by targeting bullying.
Tabled by Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk Tuesday, Bill Two requires school boards to develop a student code of conduct that addresses bullying behaviour, whether or not it occurs within a school building, during the school day or by electronic means.
Reintroduced after extensive consultation, the Act also increases the age of access from 19 to 21, giving students more time to graduate.
“Albertans put a high priority on education. As Albertans, we have shared many ideas, and people have said that a future-focused Act needs to speak to responsibilities, collaboration and community, because everyone has a role in helping students succeed,” said Minister of Education Thomas Lukaszuk in a statement. “Students, parents, teachers and support staff indicated the Act proposed last year had a lot of things right, and what we’ve done is make an already strong bill, even stronger.”
If passed, the Education Act will replace the School Act of 1988.