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Education Reform

Angus MacBeath

Today, teachers meeting in Halifax for an education conference heard what educators in Alberta have done over the past thirty years to improve the school system in Edmonton.

One of the speakers is Angus MacBeath. He's a former Maritimer from PEI who spent 37 years working in Edmonton as a teacher, principal and superintendent.

Three decades ago, MacBeath helped convince the Alberta government to allow parents and students to choose which schools they attend. Now, the government money follows the student to the school of their choice.

Alberta students now outperform those in all other parts of the country.

MacBeath talked about many of the reforms that led to that level of performance .. in case teachers here wanted to take anything away from the Alberta example.

Listen audio (runs 3:28)