Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Education Labour Media release

Media release: Statement from Liette Doucet

Date: March 1, 2018 For Release: Immediately Contact: Angela Murray

I want to begin by thanking teachers for their resolve over recent weeks, and parents, students and other community members for their tremendous support.

Teachers have been united in opposing changes outlined in the Glaze Report, and their collective voice has begun to open the eyes and ears of government to the challenges our students are facing. We are well aware of the short-term impact a strike would have on families, and while the government has done enough to avert job action, they still have much more to do to improve our public education system. We will hold them accountable.

A college of teachers and a central department of evaluations would have created more unnecessary bureaucracy and would have drained resources from our schools. It is positive those ideas have been rejected. Similarly, a province-wide seniority list would place rural communities as risk, so we are pleased that concept is now being reconsidered.

While administrators will keep their affiliation to the NSTU the collegial model is has been damaged and I fear this could bring more conflict to our schools. Teachers are also genuinely fearful of the chaos that the elimination of English school boards will bring to the entire system. This approach has not served our health care system well.

We do not support the legislation introduced today. It does nothing to benefit students, and it could bring chaos to our system. However, a strike will be averted.

I want to thank parents for their patience over recent weeks. I know this has been a stressful time. We were very aware of the impact a strike could have on families. It was a big part of our decision making process.

I hope after this experience, the Premier will appreciate the need to work with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and our members when making major reforms to the system. Much of this turmoil could have been avoided if the government has conducted a proper consultation around the recommendations contained the Glaze report. Something it should still do before anything is proclaimed.

As I have said before, what is most important to teachers is doing what is in the best interests of their students. We look forward to seeing the report on inclusive education in a few weeks time. We intend to hold the government accountable to ensure it takes the appropriate measures to improve our inclusive education model.


  1. No doubt the NSTU membership and their administrative colleagues were incentivised to go along with the changes while the classroom teachers and students were once again left dangling in the wind.

    I especially note that in the email sent to parents by HRSB Superintendent Elwin LeRoux it states, “Your local school board offices and staff will remain and be renamed Regional Education Centres.” Or a rose by any other name is still a rose.

    In other words the bloated and over staffed board offices will continue to be bloated and over staffed. The only difference is that by removing the elected board members the former teachers working at board offices will have no public oversight and Karen Casey’s dreams and the dreams of school board administrators and retired principals double dipping at board offices will have finally come true.

  2. I would encourage the NSTU president to stop referring to the government’s plan as implementing the Glaze Report, since that is clearly not what they are doing. While it is a deeply flawed document in many ways, the Glaze report at least demands that the government implement its recommendations as a coherent and and cohesive educational whole and not cherry-pick from it only those parts which suit its pre-exisiting and blatantly ant-labour agenda. As bad as the Glaze report is, the government’s version of it is much worse. Rather than reinforcing a lie, the NSTU should be calling the agenda by its real name: the Atlantic Institute for Marketing Studies plan to sell our public education sector to the highest bidder. If this is too long, lets just call it McEducation in Nova Scotia.


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