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Craig Berger, EX LBPSB Commisioner and Current Candidate needs to explain his vision.

Mr Berger claims the following on his Facebook site, while  discussing a video posted by LBPSB chairman candidate Chris Eustace

“both video and audio, leads one to believe that Mr Luke Horne was thrown out of a Council meeting and this I can tell you has never happened.”

This is a screenshot of Mr. Berger’s posting

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Now, watch the following video and ask yourself where was Mr. Berger or how could he make such an obvious false  claim.

 

 

Let us hope Mr. Berger was more attentive when the one million dollar International School profits were allocated  hopefully to their rightful recipients…………………..the schools and the classrooms of the LBPSB.

Taxpayers deserve better observation, reporting  and respect from their School Board Commissioners.

Editors note: Mr. Berger has been asked on two occasions by Mr. Horne, the taxpayer, to take down  or correct the false statements.  up to the date of this  posting he has failed to do so.

LBPSB school board chairman candidates file complaints against incumbent

Source: The Chronicle, Anthony Abbondanza

Two Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) chairman candidates filed a complaint to the Director General of Elections Quebec (DGEQ) last week, claiming the incumbent, Suanne Stein Day, is manipulating the school board race in her favour.

Stein Day held a prompt press conference last Wednesday morning at the LBPSB Dorval headquarter, urging the DGEQ to allow people to switch to the appropriate voter list on Nov. 2 – the day of the school board election.

Both Chris Eustace and Angela Nolet told the Chronicle the incumbent chairman shouldn’t be allowed to use the LBPSB headquarter to convey an urgent message to the DGEQ.

“This is not democratic in my view,” said Nolet, the current LBPSB vice-chairman.

“…Having it on school board property is partisan politics. We’re not allowed to step on the property go give a pamphlet to anybody. Why should she be able to give a press conference?”

Chris Eustace, a former Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School teacher running for chairman, too, denounced the move as “partisan.”

In a letter addressed to the DGEQ’s director, Lucie Fiset, Eustace writes “I am concerned that employees of the board helped organize this meeting, and in doing so, improperly supported a candidate.”

According to Stein Day, Nolet and Eustace were invited to the press conference, and had the same chance to voice their concerns regarding English voters list.

“I am still the chairman and spokesperson for the board, however our guidelines state that when using a board property, that all candidates are invited,” said the incumbent, who added the urgency of the matter didn’t allow for her to find an alternate location.

The invitations to the press conference were received the evening of Oct. 21, less than 24 hours before the 9 a.m. press conference in which Stein Day denounced the shortcomings of the English voter list. The Chronicle received a media invitation at 11:50 p.m.

It was held at 9 a.m., said Stein Day, because English Montreal School Board (EMSB) chairman candidate Anne Lagace Dowson was having a similar press conference at 10 a.m.

“There was absolutely no malice of thought. We are concerned about the democracy of the process,” she said.

While Eustace attended the conference, Nolet couldn’t attend on short notice.

Remi Poliquin, the LBPSB returning officer, confirmed to the Chronicle that school board property cannot be used for campaigning.

As chairman, Stein Day reserves the right to use her office until Nov. 2, but Poliquin couldn’t say whether she was allowed to hold a press conference on board property.

@ST:Problems with English voter list continue

@R:While Nolet and Eustace wait for a response from the DGEQ, all candidates agreed a problem with the voter transfer list process exists – and must be addressed before election day.

English-speaking residents have complained of being omitted on the English voter list in the last two weeks, despite filing the appropriate transfer forms.

“People will be denied the right to vote,” said Stein Day.

Eustace went a little further, claiming “we’re being treated like a third world country that we have to go through rigmarole to vote for school board commissioners.”

The vice-chairman, on the other hand, doesn’t anticipate a low turnout despite the omissions on the English voter list.

“I don’t anticipate a low turnout simply because the government has forewarned everyone there would be repercussions if participation wasn’t high,” she said.

Bolduc veut le pouvoir de mettre les écoles sous tutelle

Le ministre de l’Éducation souhaite agir contre les écoles déficientes

25 octobre 2014 | Robert DutrisacCorrespondant parlementaire à Québec | Québec
Le Devoir

Dans le projet de loi qu’il présentera cet automne, le ministre de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, Yves Bolduc, accordera plus d’autonomie aux écoles, mais se donnera le pouvoir de mettre sous tutelle les écoles déficientes.

« Si tu arrives dans une école où c’est tout croche [il faut] que le ministre soit capable de dire : c’est fini, on reprend le contrôle le temps de replacer ça et après ça, on vous redonnera le pouvoir », a expliqué Yves Bolduc dans une entrevue accordée au Devoir.

Selon le ministre, qui juge que le système d’éducation au Québec est un des meilleurs au monde, il peut arriver que deux écoles dans un même milieu socio-économique aient des résultats bien différents. « Tu as deux écoles dans le même quartier à 500 mètres. Tu en as une que ça peut être bon et tu en as une très mauvais. Ça dépend de la direction, ça dépend des professeurs, ça dépend de la culture, a décrit le ministre. S’il y a un endroit qui est déficient […],il faut avoir un pouvoir d’intervention. »

Yves Bolduc promet que le projet de loi qu’il déposera en novembre, tout de suite après les élections scolaires, ira dans le sens d’une plus grande décentralisation. « Je suis décentralisateur », a-t-il dit. Le système fonctionne mieux quand les « gens qui sont sur le terrain » ont plus de pouvoir et que des mécanismes de reddition de comptes sont mis en place. « C’est comme en santé, c’est la même philosophie », a-t-il avancé.

L’abolition des bureaux régionaux du ministère doit conduire à une décentralisation en faveur des commissions scolaires. Le ministre est prêt à aller plus loin dans la mesure où les commissions scolaires « se décentralisent vers l’école ». Et les directions d’école devront, à leur tour, accorder plus d’autonomie aux enseignants. « Les professeurs au Québec, c’est une de nos grandes forces », a-t-il dit.

Le ministre a d’ailleurs demandé aux directeurs d’écoles et aux syndicats d’enseignants de lui faire part de leurs demandes précises quant à l’autonomie qui pourrait être exercée.

Après les élections scolaires, le ministre doit également décider quel sort il réserve à la démocratie scolaire. S’il abolit la structure faite de commissaires élus, il doit la remplacer par autre chose ; tous les scénarios sont envisagés, y compris de recourir aux comités de parents dans les écoles.

Chose certaine, a assuré le ministre, quelle que soit la nature de cette décision, certaines commissions scolaires devront fusionner ou encore partager entre elles certains services, comme la paie et l’informatique. C’était là une des recommandations du groupe d’experts, présidé par Pauline Champoux-Lesage, qui a remis son rapport sur les commissions scolaires en mai 2014.

Les changements apportés dans le projet de loi prendront effet le 30 juin 2015, à la fin de l’année scolaire. Mais ils n’auront pas l’ampleur de la réforme en santé. « Je suis capable d’atteindre des résultats de façon progressive », a certifié Yves Bolduc.

Examen de français

Par ailleurs, le ministre a indiqué qu’il entendait dispenser certains étudiants de l’obligation de réussir l’épreuve uniforme de français pour l’obtention de leur diplôme d’études collégiales, une recommandation de l’auteur du rapport sur la formation collégiale, Guy Demers. Environ 15 % des étudiants du cégep échouent à l’examen de français : les deux tiers d’entre eux parviennent à le passer par la suite. Environ 1000 étudiants par an n’y arrivent pas, selon Guy Demers. « Il y a peut-être un 5 % [pour lequel] je devrais avoir une règle particulière », a indiqué Yves Bolduc. « Il y a le côté humain », a-t-il dit, qui a cité l’exemple d’un boucher dyslexique. Et c’est sans compter les personnes qui ne s’inscrivent pas au cégep dans une formation technique en raison de leurs piètres résultats en français. « Je les perds », a déploré le minister.

Le porte-parole en matière d’éducation de la Coalition avenir Québec, Jean-François Roberge, dénonce ce « nivellement par le bas ». Le député de Chambly croit que des cours d’appoint pourraient permettre aux étudiants qui éprouvent des difficultés de réussir l’examen. « Si le ministre lui-même démissionne, comme vont-ils persévérer ? », s’est-il demandé, jeudi, à l’Assemblée nationale.

En ce qui a trait aux compressions exigées des universités, Yves Bolduc croit qu’elles devraient pouvoir les absorber sans trop de difficultés puisqu’il s’agit de sommes destinées au « développement ». Aux 172 millions imposés au printemps s’ajoutent quelque 50 millions. Les recteurs comprennent la situation du gouvernement, croit le ministre. « Je leur dis : “ C’est normal que vous sortiez dans les médias parce que si vous ne sortez pas, à un moment donné, c’est peut-être votre job qui va être en jeu. Mais ils ne sortent pas de façon agressive avec moi et on a une bonne collaboration  », a-t-il relaté. Surtout, il explique aux recteurs que l’effort est exigé pour l’année en cours et l’an prochain. « Après ça, on va repartir », leur a-t-il promis.

“Institutions that are divided along linguistic lines are at odds with the current reality of our student population”. – Principal

Why I’m not running on Nov. 2

Over the past year, I have had numerous people suggest I run for commissioner of our local school board. I was flattered and at times even mildly tempted. However, each time I seriously considered throwing my hat into the ring, I was confronted with a plethora of reasons why I shouldn’t. Here are three.

As chairperson of the governing board at my children’s schools, I became acquainted with the commissioner for our ward. At one time he was an awesome teacher, a very capable administrator, but eventually he became a frustrated schoolboard commissioner. Even though he is very intelligent, competent and affable, most of his efforts to affect significant and enduring change at the board level were stymied by myopic bureaucratic thinking or antiquated policies. His experience as commissioner convinced me that I could do much more for students and for education in general outside of the board’s framework. I know a few other commissioners. One of them is my old high school principal! Individually, they are beautiful, hard-working and well-meaning people. However when they are all seated around a boardroom table, many of the placid and courteous commissioners suddenly throw away all vestiges of civility. Some commissioners are notorious for their rowdy ramblings as the meetings deteriorate into acrimonious debates. Not convinced? You can watch hours of recorded board meetings online.

The second reason I will not be running for school-board commissioner is that I believe institutions that are divided along linguistic lines are at odds with the current reality of our student population. I have questioned would-be candidates about their motives for running. The vast majority of the people I chatted with stated that people should elect them, “to protect anglo rights.” (If this is truly a function of a school board, where have they been for the past 50 years and how do they rate their effectiveness?) Undoubtedly we need to protect the rights of individuals and groups of individuals or else we will see their rights erode to nothing.

However, the current reality, at least in the Montreal area, is that young people communicate using vocabulary that best reflects what they want to say in the language that is most convenient at the time. Ride the métro just as schools are letting out and listen to the conversations.

In speaking with many students from a variety of linguistic groups, I discovered that quality education, safety, future jobs, the environment and technology were their preoccupations. The language in which these values should be addressed in schools did not show up on their radars.

Finally, the closer I came to the orbit of the school-board elections, the more I felt the gravitational pull to join a party; not a real party with cake and balloons, but a politically polarizing party that would require its members to vote uniformly regardless of the needs or desires of the schools the commissioner represents. Gone are the days when a commissioner attends meeting with parent committees, listens to the concerns and then goes to the board to fight on their behalf.

Not convinced? Ask your candidate whether she or he would consider running as an independent.

I will vote on Nov. 2. I hope that I am wrong and that the newly elected commissioners will represent the real concerns of students and that they will work together to make our schools safe, modern places for all of our youth. But I am not holding my breath.

James Watts (Principal, Education Plus High School), St-Laurent

Aislin Sums It Up.

Aislin, Oct. 22, 2014

Source: Aislin

EMSB Transparency Crusader, Julien Feldman, Vilified By Mancini Gang but Lauded by those in the know.

School board election campaign heats up at EMSB
By Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette

The Nov. 2 school board election got down and dirty Monday, with outgoing English Montreal School Board chairperson Angela Mancini attacking a commissioner for a “blatant record of misconduct”, while opponent Anne Lagacé Dowson retorted by accusing Mancini of playing “sandbox politics”.

The salvos were the latest controversy in a board plagued by deep divisions between elected commissioners who typically align themselves in different camps.

Mancini issued a press release attacking Dowson for associating herself with commissioner Julien Feldman, a seven-year board veteran who is running in downtown Ward 3, which includes Point St. Charles, St-Henri, Ville Émard and Westmount.

Dowson, a broadcaster and former NDP candidate who is vying for the chairperson’s job, fired back with a statement accusing Mancini of launching “personal attacks on her opponents rather than defending her record of governance, which is a dismal failure.”

Mancini contended that Feldman, who has pushed for greater transparency and an end to closed-door meetings at the EMSB, has discredited himself by repeatedly violating the board’s code of ethics.

In June, Feldman was suspended for a month by the board’s ethics commissioner for inviting a CBC-TV camera crew to EMSB headquarters in December 2012 after the board sold its art collection, to film a room where paintings by prominent artists like Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson had formerly been displayed, and for making public a list of the artworks that were sold. Feldman obtained the list of paintings under access to information.

He was also suspended for a week for sending what the board’s director-general Robert Stocker had called an “inappropriate, immoral and intimidating email” in September 2013 to EMSB communications officer Mike Cohen. In the email, Feldman complained that Cohen had left commissioner Rocco Barbieri out of a group photo of a prize-giving ceremony that was published in a board newsletter. Barbieri, who is not running for re-election, was part of a group allied with Feldman.

The rulings said Feldman breached ethical rules by tarnishing “the reputation of other EMSB’s (sic) commissioners” and making statements that harmed “the reputation of the director general.”

In an earlier ruling, Feldman was reprimanded for calling fellow commissioners “dinosaurs” and “secrecy-obsessed characters”.

Dowson said the accusations against Feldman were “bogus ethics complaints (…) made mainly by members of (Mancini’s) group and allies.”

“None of the complaints (against Feldman) actually deal with ethics in a substantive way, in particular, conflicts of interest, nepotism or abuse of power by a member of the school board, all of which have been problems on the board in recent years,” she said in the statement.

Last week, an envelope containing the four ethics rulings against Feldman was left anonymously at The Gazette.  A cover letter signed by “A concerned citizen and supporter of public education” suggested that they “need to be made public prior to the November 2nd elections.”

Mancini said she knew nothing about the anonymous package. “It wasn’t us.”

Feldman said in an interview he has been the target of constant attacks by rival commissioners since defeating long-time commissioner George Vogas in 2007 by just six votes. Vogas, who died in 2009, contested Feldman’s victory in court but dropped the suit in 2008.

“They’ve accused me of everything but the kitchen sink,” said Feldman, adding that the purpose of the complaints “was basically to intimidate me.”

The ethics commissioner in the two most recent cases noted that Feldman did not show up at the hearing to defend himself.

Feldman said he did not appear because the EMSB had previously refused to cover his court costs and his lawyer had advised him not to appear without legal counsel.

However, Mancini denied this, saying the board has covered Feldman’s legal costs and that ethics complaints against him have cost the board thousands of dollars.

But Feldman said in 2008, he went to court to force the EMSB to cover his legal costs after the board refused to do so. In 2012, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled in his favour and ordered the board to pay, he said. In 2013,  the board finally paid Feldman’s legal fees that were owing, he said.

Feldman has appealed the most recent ethics commissioner’s decision against him in Quebec Superior Court.

Ten commissioner positions are up for grabs in the EMSB election. Advance polls will be held Oct. 26.

Six faits que les commissions scolaires n’aiment pas se faire rappeler

Sébastien MénardSébastien Ménard Journal de Québec

Il y a des faits que les commissions scolaires du Québec n’aiment pas se faire rappeler. Déjà menacées d’abolition et victimes d’une crise de confiance sans précédent, ce ne sont pas elles qui vont faire la promotion d’éléments susceptibles de leur nuire… Voici donc six faits que les commissions scolaires ne risquent pas de répéter publiquement, d’ici aux élections scolaires du 2 novembre prochain.

1- LES MEILLEURES ÉCOLES AU MONDE FONCTIONNENT SANS COMMISSIONS SCOLAIRES

Au Québec, on aime bien se comparer au modèle finlandais. Et en matière d’éducation, on a raison de le faire. Bon an mal an, la Finlande trône au sommet des systèmes éducatifs les plus performants de la planète. Ses élèves sont parmi les meilleurs au monde. Son secret ? Contrairement au Québec, la Finlande a sabré dans la bureaucratie, en abolissant l’équivalent de nos commissions scolaires il y a près de 30 ans. Toutes ses écoles relèvent depuis des municipalités. Cela lui a permis d’économiser et de réinvestir dans les services, au point où le lunch de tous les élèves, par exemple, est fourni quotidiennement par l’école.

2- LES ÉCOLES OÙ L’ON DÉCROCHE LE MOINS AU MONDE FONCTIONNENT SANS COMMISSIONS SCOLAIRES

De tous les pays du monde, c’est en Allemagne que le taux de décrochage scolaire est le plus faible. Pas moins de 95% des jeunes qui y entament des études secondaires en ressortent avec un diplôme en poche. Chez nous, la situation du décrochage scolaire demeure préoccupante, particulièrement chez les garçons. Le secret du succès allemand ? La grande autonomie dont profitent les directeurs d’école qui travaillent dans un monde où, vous l’aurez deviné, les commissions scolaires n’existent pas.

3- LA CONSTITUTION CANADIENNE N’EMPÊCHERAIT PAS D’ABOLIR LES COMMISSIONS SCOLAIRES

Lorsqu’ils veulent justifier l’existence des commissions scolaires, les défenseurs de cette bureaucratie affirment que la constitution empêche de les éliminer, car cela brimerait les droits de le minorité linguistique anglophone du Québec, qui sont protégés par la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés. Sauf que ce n’est pas tout à fait vrai. Pas selon plusieurs constitutionnalistes, du moins, comme notre collègue blogueur Patrick Taillon, professeur à l’Université Laval. Il a récemment écrit un billet fort éclairant sur le sujet. «Le Québec dispose aujourd’hui de la pleine compétence d’abolir les commissions scolaires», a-t-il notamment affirmé.

4- IL EXISTE DÉJÀ DES ÉCOLES PUBLIQUES SANS COMMISSIONS SCOLAIRES AU CANADA (ET ELLES SONT TRÈS PERFORMANTES)

Cela demeure méconnu, mais il existe en Alberta un réseau d’écoles publiques qui fonctionnent à 100% à l’extérieur du réseau des commissions scolaires : les écoles autonomes. Le Journal s’y était rendu, en 2010 et y avait découvert des écoles publiques extrêmement populaires, où les profs sont évalués et où les performances sont enviables. Leur secret ? Même si elles reçoivent la même subvention de fonctionnement que les autres écoles publiques, ces institutions ne versent pas un sou aux commissions scolaires, ce qui leur permet d’investir davantage dans les services. Rappel : la bureaucratie scolaire québécoise coûte environ un demi-milliard de dollars par année.

5- LES DIRECTEURS D’ÉCOLE DU QUÉBEC SONT PRÊTS À TRAVAILLER SANS COMMISSIONS SCOLAIRES (MAIS ILS NE LE DIRONT PAS PUBLIQUEMENT)

Cela fait plus de cinq ans que les directeurs d’école du Québec réclament une plus grande autonomie. Ils rêvent, plus ou moins secrètement, de travailler dans une école où ils peuvent tout décider eux-mêmes, tout gérer eux-mêmes, pour mieux répondre aux besoins des élèves qu’ils ont devant eux. Ils ne le diront jamais aussi clairement — car leurs employeurs demeurent les commissions scolaires — mais la disparition de cette structure bureaucratique ne les ferait pas pleurer. Il y a quelques années, on chuchotait qu’il valait mieux ne pas inviter au même party l’ex-présidente de la Fédération québécoise des directeurs d’école, Chantal Longpré, et sa vis-à-vis des commissions scolaires, Josée Bouchard.

6- LES ÉLECTIONS SCOLAIRES SONT UNE CATASTROPHE

L’un des arguments les plus souvent avancés par les défenseurs des commissions scolaires est le suivant : cette structure est indispensable car elle est élue. Et, quand on impose une taxe, c’est bien connu, on doit être élu («No taxation without representation», dit l’adage.) Mais peut-on réellement parler de démocratie dans le cas des commissions scolaires du Québec ? Lors des dernières élections scolaires générales, en 2007, 67 % des candidats avaient été élus par acclamation. Et le taux de participation pour les autres avait atteint un famélique 7,9%. Il y a même une commissaire qui avait été élu avec… 32 votes! Quel sera le taux de participation lors des élections scolaires du 2 novembre prochain ? Rappel : ce scrutin coûtera 20 millions de dollars aux contribuables.

LBPSB Oct 20th “Debate” at Head Office Council Room Smacks of Clique Mentality of School Board.

If the parents are so important why can they not attend this debate? “Invitation only”!!?!!? Who will decide which questions posted on the Internet will actually be asked? The boardroom at the LBPSB is huge. How many “invitation only” guests will be there? Why not open this up to the voters? Please do not mention the word “transparency” when using the Internet to filter out real voters who have real questions.

S. Turner

LBPSB Vice Chairman, Angela Nolet, Rips into Current Leadership of the School Board.

After sitting, mostly silent for three years besides the LBPSB chairperson, Suanne Stein Day, The LBPSB Vice-Chair Angela Nolet  is silent no more.    This morning on “Breakfast Television” – City TV,  Mrs. Nolet vocalized her views  on what is wrong with the current LBPSB and it reflects very closely what  most parents have been saying amongst themselves.

“The Board needs a different type of leadership”

Mrs. Nolet went on to say that:

“Presently many parents feel intimidated when they approach the board and many employees feel that they are not appreciated as they should be”

One of ACDSA editors got a taste of the intimidation himself when abruptly cut-off by the Chair, Suanne Stein Day, in the middle of a question  during question period and escorted out by a security guard. Hah Democracy according to Stein Day and the LBPSB.

Check it out:

 

 

EMSB Chairman, Angela Mancini, has memory loss about her role in the closing of schools.

School board elections at the EMSB : misleading statements by incumbent Angela Mancini

There are many reasons why some politicians stretch the truth and/or flagrantly lie, the general consensus being that they believe their dishonesty is the best policy for getting elected.

In a debate held between Angela Mancini and Anne Lagacé Dowson, Mancini proudly stated that she testified in court on behalf of St. Patrick’s.  At the time, Mancini was the commissioner for St. Pat’s.  She did testify but only after being issued a summons or subpoena, contrary  to some of her colleagues who courageously signed affidavits supporting St. Pat’s , and did so at great personal cost.  There is a huge difference between signing an affidavit and being issued a summons. Mancini showed “support” in private when she occasionally  met the parents of St Pat’s, but nowhere else where it counted.  She did not represent the interests of the community she was elected to represent and her deafening silence during our most difficult years, spoke volumes. Fast forward to the 2014 debate, Mancini reached a new low when she tried to score political points on the back of the St Patrick’s community. Desperate? You be the judge.

St Pat’s spent many years in court, in fact almost a decade. Many of the court decisions rendered in its favour were based on EMSB decisions which were made in private secret meetings. This was repeatedly declared illegal by the courts. Despite numerous court judgments, despite the  Education Act, the practice of making decisions in private appears to be par for the course  at the EMSB. The EMSB is a public school board, funded entirely with public  dollars, it is not a private club for a selected group of individuals. If it refuses to be transparent,  then it should be shut down.

Last but not least, the St Patrick community including its staff suffered greatly at the hands of the EMSB, it was punished repeatedly because it dared to challenge illegal decisions and it dared to win. For the most part, all the players who ruthlessly participated in the demise of St Parick School are on Team Mancini. Judging by how Mancini behaved during the debate & how she treats fellow elected commissioners who disagree with her at public meetings, the bully mentality we experienced at St Pat’s is alive and well at the EMSB. In fact, Mancini and company use intimidation tactics to stifle debate by routinely filing ethics complaints against fellow commissioners when challenged. If Mancini still does not comprehend that attacking those who disagree with her will not move the EMSB forward, then she is not qualified to be chairperson at the EMSB.

Beverley Boyle