Check-In, February 26th

Hello County,

So, here we are, all waiting with bated breath for some announcement or news to let us know what happens next. Pretty stressful stuff, to be sure.

Considering all that has happened in the past few weeks, I do find myself taking some crazy pride in how quickly we were able to mobilize. Between the town halls, the petitions, the interviews and everything else, I dare say we broke some sort of record when it comes to spreading the word about our concerns around the Glaze report.

The tone of the conversation has certainly changed. Every commentary I have read has supported at least slowing down on Glaze. Even traditionally anti-teacher voices like Bill Black almost waxed pro-teacher in some of his most recent commentary. And it is not just here in metro where we are hearing from supporters. From just about every corner of the province, SAC members, elected school board members, parents and concerned citizens have expressed similar views. Slow down and consider the impact of these recommendations before taking us too far down this very slippery slope.

And the vast majority of that change in tone is thanks to all of you.

We are, of course, continuing to apply pressure. Today, I dropped off some of the petitions at opposition MLA offices, and they will be presented in the legislature once it opens. I will be presenting a stack of 2500 signatures to MLA Tim Halman at the town hall in Dartmouth this evening, which will also be presented in the legislature. Finally, if you have a chance, please fill out the following survey in support of retaining administrators in teh NSTU: Click here

During these final few days, it is important that we all continue to raise these issues with anyone who will listen. We need to do everything we can to get the government to at least consider slowing down on Glaze so we can ensure that decisions around such radical changes are not made hastily.

These are very stressful times. Please try to keep that in mind as you interact with each other over the next few days, and monitor your NSTU email closely.

In completely unrelated news, there are a number of positions opening up on our local executive. Currently, the position of Local President is up for re-election, as is one of our Provincial Executive positions. If you are interested in finding out more, please email hfxconominations@nstu.ca

That’s all for today County. Reach out if you have any questions/ concerns.

 

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