The Greater St. Albert Catholic School Division says Public Interest Alberta didn’t do their due diligence before publishing a report critical of them.
Tuesday, the organization released a report card rating all school boards on how they handled the provincial mandate of making LGBTQ students feel safe. The St. Albert Catholic division got an “F.”
Superintendent David Keohane says it seems like the group didn’t actually actively look into their policy before grading them.
“We think it’s most unfair to be given the assessment that’s been given, when it’s abundantly clear through the assessment that other policies and procedures that contain the critical information isn’t mentioned.”
He says, for example, Public Interest Alberta dinged them for a lack of accessibility to their policy.
“On two tests that’s not true,” says Keohane. “If one were to Google our jurisdiction name and put in the keywords, you’d find the policy pop up at the top of the Google list. Secondly, if you went to our website and did the same, you’d be able to find the information.”
Keohane says everything the Ministry of Education was asking for is present in their regulations, and they want all students to feel safe and protected and their schools.
“Groups that do research can’t just shoot from the hip and ask questions later,” he says. “We do a lot of research with organizations, and they pick up the phone and call us, to make sure they’re going to be on-point and they’re going to represent the organization well. I think this group should try to afford that same respect with us.” (scb)