Board Advocacy

The Northern Lights Public Schools Board of Trustees believes it is important for all stakeholders to work together to ensure all students have the opportunities and resources they need to learn and excel. The Board places a high priority on engaging with with its stakeholders to better understand the needs of its students, their families, and our communities. Our trustees then advocate for those needs at the local, provincial and federal levels.

The Board also encourages students and parents to use their voices to advocate for public education and changes that will benefit all students. 


2023 Election Advocacy

The NLPS Board of Trustees has identified three priorities it would like to see addressed during the provincial election campaign:

  • Equitable funding and access to supports and services for rural students
  • Student Transportation
  • Funding for school infrastructure and maintenance

Ask Your Candidate

Here are some questions you may want to ask local candidates when they contact you:

  • How will you ensure that the funding provided for education provides equitable access to programming and services for rural students and supports the viability of rural schools?
  • How will you ensure that rural families have equitable access to mental health services and supports for children with disabilities in our schools and in our communities?
  • What strategies will you put in place to address the shortage of bus drivers and ensure rural families are able to access student transportation services?
  • What will you do to ensure our schools are safe, well-maintained, and meet the programming needs of our students?
  • What improvements would you propose so that it doesn't take 20 years to approve modernization and replacement school priorities identified by school boards?

How Can You Help?

Northern Lights Public Schools values the voice of students and parents/guardians in advocating for public education. 

There are many ways stakeholders can get involved in advocacy:

  • Write a letter or email to your elected officials. Include information about the impact the issue is having on your child and/or family and please cc your letter to our Board Chair. Feel free to use any of the information on this page. If you need more information, contact us and we will be happy to help.

  • Join your school's School Council. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback to your child's school and the Board that will help us with our advocacy efforts. Additionally, through your school council, you can become part of the Alberta School Councils' Association, which advocates for education on behalf of parents.

  • Take part in Parent Engagement opportunities with your child's school, the Board, and the provincial government. There are numerous opportunities to complete surveys, provide feedback, and take part in online or in person engagement sessions.