Large numbers of layoffs seem possible. The Calgary and Edmonton public boards alone expect to lose more than 350 teachers by fall.
In all the boards across the province, says the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the layoff count could easily top 500.
In Calgary, the current newsletter at Forest Lawn High says goodbye to 27 teachers who worked on contract. That’s an astonishing number for one school to lose. And Forest Lawn isn’t talking about possible layoffs – those teachers are out.
As all this is happening, ATA president Carol Henderson, and incoming union president Mark Ramsankar, met Wednesday in Edmonton with Education Minister Jeff Johnson.
It was supposed to be one of those courtesy get-togethers where they serve crumpets as a successor is presented.
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