• Home Schooling

    Homeschool enrolment soars in Manitoba

    More Manitoba families than ever have registered to teach their children at home, amid the life and learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of September 2019, 3,689 students were enrolled in a homeschool. One month into the 2020-21 school year, the province has registered 7,377 students. The new recruits — albeit, on a temporary basis — include Sara Verwymeren’s two eldest children: Grade 4 student Lucy and her brother, Sam, who recently started the second grade. “Homeschooling has never been something that I wanted to do, because I love the school system and I love teachers and I think they’re so valuable,” Verwymeren said Tuesday. “It…

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    Homeschooling the only option for Metis family in Manitoba

    Homeschooling is the new way kids are learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic making the school year look a little different. As cases continued to rise in Manitoba, Laura Forsythe, along with her sister Sarah Foster, chose to homeschool their kids together. Forsythe said she felt the need to come up with an alternative plan for the start of the school year. “[My sister and I] didn’t feel comfortable sending our children to be part of the social experiment that they’re having currently in our provincial schools,” Forsythe told APTN News. Laura Forsythe and her sister are homeschooling their children. Photo: Jared Delorme/APTN. The Métis family has six kids in…

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    One month into homeschooling, one Manitoba mother explains how they’re doing – Winnipeg

    Thousands of Manitoba students are homeschooling this year, with about an additional 1,500 students learning from their houses. The Manitoba government says numbers from this year show at least 5,152 students have signed up for homeschooling since Sept. 11. Read more: Coronavirus — More Manitoba families looking at homeschooling for fall Last school year there were 3,689 students registered to homeschool, 3,708 in 2018-19 and 3,643 in 2017-18. One family that took the leap to try homeschooling is Michelle Budiwski’s. The mom from Rivers, Man., northwest of Brandon, is teaching her three children at home this September for the first time. “We did so well when the kids were sent…

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  • Education,  Jobs,  Science

    Education reform, tax reduction promised in throne speech as Manitoba sets new pandemic course

    An overhaul of the education system is going ahead, even as Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government grapples with a pandemic that it says emphasizes the need for tax reductions and a new course to a balanced budget. In Wednesday’s speech from the throne, Premier Brian Pallister’s team also vowed to spend an additional $1.6 billion on education over the next four years, while gradually dismantling one form of revenue that the education system relies on. The speech, which lays out the government’s legislative agenda, signalled that Manitoba will follow through on a 2019 campaign promise by phasing out the education property tax, beginning next year. The government will also eliminate probate fees on estates and…

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  • Education

    Manitoba throne speech lacks details on education reform: union – Winnipeg

    The president of Manitoba’s teachers’ union says details are still scarce on long-delayed provincial plans to reform public education. Part of Manitoba’s throne speech, delivered Wednesday at the start of the new legislative session, focused on education reform. A report on public education commissioned by the province was slated for public release last March, but the release was paused amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday that report would be made available to Manitobans in the “not too distant future.” “There’s too much money spent at the top in our education system,” Pallister said. “We need those resources to move to the front line. That’s where they are…

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    Promise to transform Manitoba education comes as system already hurting from pandemic: unions

    Unions for Manitoba teachers and support staff say now is not the time for an education overhaul, after a throne speech that revived promises of sweeping change to a system unions say is already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Quite frankly, this adds a lot of stress and anxiety into the lives of of hardworking teachers,” said James Bedford, president of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society. The Progressive Conservative government’s throne speech Wednesday committed to unveil a new strategy to transform Manitoba’s education system and forge ahead with previously announced plans to phase out one of its revenue sources, the education property tax. The long-awaited results of an already-completed review into Manitoba’s school system will be…

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