Karen Casey - Your MLA for Colchester North

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Welcome

As MLA for Colchester North, I'm pleased to provide this website as a useful and informative resource. With constant updates you can remain informed of my participation in local events and in the House of Assembly as your representative.

My committment to my constituents is to be open and approachable, and to provide assistance and support to all residents of Colchester North. I invite you to share your ideas, concerns and/or questions. Together we can seek solutions.

Karen Casey

Balamore Farm - Great Village
Five Islands
Millen Farms - Great Village
Charles Hill and Sons Ltd. Farm
Patterson Wharf - Tatamagouche
Veterans Memorial Park - Bass River
Balamore Farm - Great Village- family owned by Joe and Carolyn Cooper located on 1000 acres overlooking the Bay of Fundy - began producing strawberry plants in 1990 and in 2000 expanded to include field grown perennials - currently producing 1 million bare roots for sale throughout Canada and the United States

 

Liberal Government Makes Education A Priority

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As the Education Critic from 2009 – 2013 when this province was under an NDP government, I had written many articles, raised many issues in the Legislature and questioned the Minister of the day continuously about the lack of support for public education in this province. It was during that time it was blatantly obvious that education was not a priority and that funding cuts to education were being implemented without any regard for the students who would be negatively impacted by those cuts. It was very frustrating and disappointing to watch this happen knowing that for many students it was interfering with their learning to a point where some students will have difficulty recovering. That was not acceptable.

As the Minister of Education I am very pleased to be part of a government elected on October 8th that has identified very clearly that education is a priority. We know that there are limited dollars available in this province, we also know that every economist will tell you that during difficult times one of the last places a government should cut funding is from education. Our Government understands that. To that end we stated clearly in our platform that we would reinvest $65 million that had been cut from the classrooms by the NDP government.

As I prepare the Budget for the Department of Education for the fiscal year 2014/15, I am attempting to respond to the concerns that have been brought to our attention by parents and teachers. I have stated that the model for allocating money to School Boards based totally on enrollment does not work. This means there will be funding attached to programs that we know provide opportunities for our students regardless of the enrollment in a school. Some of these programs are related to skill trades, others are related to students with special needs. We will also be implementing a class cap in the Elementary grades and we will be looking to redirect more money into the classrooms to support all students at all grades.

Efficiencies can always be found and it is our intent to make better use of the funds within the Education Department. It will be difficult to recover and repair the damage done during the last four years, however, I am optimistic that a new attitude and appreciation for learning, a focus on math and literacy skills at all grade levels and the support from my Government to identify education as a priority will move us toward a better education system where no student is left behind.

 

Responding to Your Concerns

Contact Karen

30 Duke Street, Suite 10

Truro, Nova Scotia

B2N 2A1

Phone: (902) 893-2180

Fax: (902) 893-3064

Email: karencasey@ns.aliantzinc.ca