Black Educators Association says Glaze report ‘blatantly ignored’ them

The education administrative system’s review criticized once again

The BEA is worried that African-Nova Scotians won’t have a voice for student issues without elected school boards.   Fadila Chater

The Black Educators Association says it wasn’t consulted for the Glaze report and claims the elimination of elected school boards will hurt African-Nova Scotian students.

“BEA’s membership of teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and community members are appalled to have been omitted from such a process of paramount importance,” said BEA president Karen Hudson in a statement released Monday.

The Glaze report calls for a major overhaul of the province’s education administrative system. The BEA is listed in the report as one of the consulted organizations, but Hudson said this is only a “false illusion.”

She said the BEA has a member on the Council on African-Canadian Education, so while the council may have been consulted, the BEA was not.  

It is unclear how and why the BEA could be “blatantly ignored by the very consultant garnered to write the report,” Hudson said in the statement.

Black students need to be heard, she said.

“We need to have the opportunity to make sure that we hear their voice and that they have an opportunity to give input,” Hudson said in an interview. “If you are not at the table, how can you bring that equity to the conversation?”

The Glaze report, released on Jan. 23, was written by Avis Glaze. Specifically, it calls for the elimination of all seven English-language school boards and the removal of principals and vice-principals from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. Education Minister Zach Churchill said the province intends to implement 11 of the 22 recommendations by September.

The BEA says the report doesn’t mention the BLAC report or the Reality Check report, two reviews focusing on the education inequalities and inequities for African-Nova Scotians.

Hudson fears that, with the implementation of the recommendations and the elimination of elected school boards, African-Nova Scotians won’t have a voice. Without elected African-Nova Scotians representatives, the voices of 50 black communities are threatened, she said in the release.

Hudson said she wants to meet with the education minister to discuss the report’s ramifications.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the Nova Scotia School Board Association have both released statements expressing their frustration and dissatisfaction with the Glaze report. The NSTU even pulled its executive director out of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions in protest.