Alberta to launch online registry for teachers and school administrators in September

EDMONTON – The Alberta government plans to launch an online registry of teachers and school administrators.

About 160,000 educators who have received their certification since 1954 are to be included in the registry, which is to go live Friday.

The government says that for each certified teacher, the register will list all their legal names, the type of certificate they hold and the dates of issue.

The province says the registry will also include details of whether the teacher or school administrator has died, been disciplined or had their license suspended.

Disciplinary hearings dating back to 1990 are also to be published, and the province will consider requests for exemption from the online registry on a case-by-case basis.

Parents, students and any member of the public can access the register and also make complaints about a teacher or school.

“The vast majority of our teaching profession lives up to the high standards we all have for those who care for our children every day,” Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said in a news release on Tuesday.

“We will balance individual teachers’ rights to privacy and procedural fairness with the public’s right to know when a teacher has been disciplined, resulting in the suspension or cancellation of a teaching certificate.”

The government said the registry is similar to those that already exist in British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 30, 2022.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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