Education Minister and NSTU President issue joint statement on inclusive education

Education Minister Zach Churchill and Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) President Liette Doucet say there are encouraging signs in a new report on inclusive education.

Released Thursday, the commission on inclusive education's report makes 15 recommendations aimed at creating a consistent, student-centred approach to inclusive education.

The joint statement from Churchill and Doucet says the department will begin to act on all the recommendations immediately, and has referred the request to review the funding formula, resource allocation processes, and fiscal accountability measures for inclusive education to the auditor general.

The NSTU agreed with the commission that the current model isn't working and needs to be replaced, with particular focus on examining caseloads and current ratios for staffing.

The ministers of Health and Wellness, Community Services, and Justice have also been asked to immediately establish a team to complete work on recommendations for interdepartmental and interagency collaboration.