Over 19,000 Nova Scotians have made their own decision to become involved in a review of public education in this province. They have responded to a call from the minister's panel to engage in a process to have their voices heard. Through an online survey, as well as written submissions and hundreds of emails, 50 per cent of the respondents indicated they are not satisfied with the education system as it currently exists. Those respondents included parents, students, teachers, education partners, community members, and business leaders from all geographic regions of the province. These responses have been presented under seven categories and the report also includes 30 recommendations.
The report, under the title Disrupting the Status Quo: Nova Scotians Demand a Better Future for Every Student, was received by me on October 30, 2014 and has been tabled in the Legislature. It has been distributed to all our stakeholders and the Partners Advisory Group for reaction, and together that will provide me with the information needed to develop an action plan, with both short-term and long-term actions to be shared with the public in January 2015.
The Partners Advisory Group meets on November 14, and their reaction/response will be valuable in identifying priorities to improve the system. The contents of the Report reflect the opinions of Nova Scotians, not the Panel members. I want to thank all who have voiced their opinions and made suggestions regarding the future of education for our students. As the Minister, I want you to know your voices have been heard and together we will work toward a better public school system for our students.
Karen Casey, MLA
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development