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Education Act put on hold

Alberta's new education act needs more work and has been pulled from this fall's legislative session, the province announced Thursday.
Alberta Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk has pulled Bill 18 from this fall's legislative session. (CBC)

Alberta's new education act needs more work and has been pulled from this fall's legislative session, the province announced Thursday.

Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk said more consultation will be held on Bill 18 over the next few months. The move comes after school boards and other organizations identified some outstanding issues with the proposed act.

"I want to hear from as many individuals as I possibly can. What their view of the act as it is structured right now is and what the possibilities are to make this act even better," Lukaszuk said Thursday.

"I want to make sure that in this province for the sake of our kids and those entering our school system for many years to come, we have the best piece of legislation possible."

Bill 18 was tabled last spring by Dave Hancock, who was then Alberta's education minister.

The bill would prohibit students from quitting school until they are 17, and allow teachers the right to intervene if students are being bullied online or off school property.

Students would also be given until age 21 to complete their high school diploma.

Lukaszuk plans to introduce a revamped bill in the spring session.

With files from The Canadian Press