are a number of Statutes (Acts), Regulations and Orders that
directly relate to the provision and delivery of educational
services in Saskatchewan. These legal documents outline how “schooling” is
to be governed and operated in the Province and elaborate
a variety of salient and mundane topics. Sometimes we have
found these documents difficult to access and insufficiently
consolidated for practical use.
us, putting this Guidebook together was all about providing
an accessible, non-partisan, user-friendly guide to these
legal parameters for teachers, aspiring teachers, trustees,
school administrators, central office administration, parents
and interested community members.
Guide to Saskatchewan School Law is
not a legal text but rather a non-legal interpretation
of the Education Act and a variety of other legal texts
for the general informational use of laypersons. WHEN
A PARTICULAR LEGAL OPINION IS SOUGHT, A LAWYER OUGHT
TO BE CONSULTED. It is also important to note
that the information found is this and other guides
to school law is subject to change. The 13 Parts, and
Appendices (14), of this guide are provided as a starting
place for questions and curiosities that parents, trustees,
new and veteran teachers, school administrators, school
support staff, school division personnel, and others
may have about the formal elements of school law in
placed the content of Saskatchewan school legislation under
a number of themes and headings:
1.0: The Student and the School. In this part
we provide information on attendance at school, operation
of schools, provision for education, types of schools,
learning resources and particular programs in Saskatchewan,
language and culture programs, special education, and
student health and welfare.
2.0: Parents and the Community. This part of
the guide defines who parents are, their rights and obligations,
as well as outlining community use of school facilities.
3.0: The School Teacher. This part deals with
non-teaching staff, teacher qualifications and certification,
teacher classification, teacher accreditation, the hiring
of teachers, conditions of employment, teachers’ duties
and functions, teacher suspension, dismissal and other
4.0: The School Principal. This section of the
guide reviews the qualifications and appointment of principals,
their employment status, duties and functions and describes
the roles and functions of vice-principals and assistant
5.0: Collective Bargaining. Provincial collective
bargaining, local collective bargaining, and settlement
of disputes are briefly described in this guide.
6.0: Saskatchewan Provincial School System. This
section provides a description of the Saskatchewan government
department responsible for education (“Saskatchewan
Learning”) and outlines the Minister of Learning’s
duties and powers. In addition, the appointment of ministry
officials, the Education Council, the Educational Boundaries
Commission, and the legal instruments of the Minister
of Learning are described.
7.0: School Divisions, the Conseil Scolaire and School
Boards. School divisions, the conseil scolaire
and school boards are legally described, together with
their membership, duties, and powers. Joint Boards, school
districts, local school boards, and local school advisory
committees are also reviewed.
8.0: Administration of School Divisions. The
duties of Board chair, director of education and superintendent
of administration are outlined in this part of the guide.
9.0: The Basics of School Division Budgets. This
part of the guide provides an overview of how education
is financed in the Province of Saskatchewan. The guide
gives a brief description of annual operating budgets,
capital budgets, and borrowing powers of Boards and the
conseil scolaire. This part of the guide also provides
a description of legal status of school property.
10.0: Fransaskois Education in Saskatchewan. An
overview of Francophone education, its establishment,
structures, general program, funding and administration
are outlined in this part of the guide.
11.0: Independent Schools. An overview of the
provisions for the registration of independent schools
in Saskatchewan, the types of independent schools, the
funding, staffing, administration and inspection of independent
schools is provided.
12.0: Home-based Educational Programs. An overview
of registration obligations, parental rights and responsibilities,
boards of education responsibilities, monitoring authority
and funding is provided.
13.0: Aboriginal Education in Saskatchewan. An
overview of the key documents, trends and organizational
patterns for provision of educational services to First
Nations persons in Saskatchewan is provided.
14.0: Appendices. In the appendices of this
guide, we provide a collection of ethics codes, rights
and freedoms documents, federal and provisional statutes
pertaining to education in Saskatchewan and key documents
that pertain to education in Saskatchewan.
completing a 30 year career as a teacher and administrator
in various locations in Saskatchewan, Jerome has
been a sessional lecturer in Educational Administration
in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
and has worked as a consultant and researcher on
a number of projects for the Saskatchewan Educational
has worked as a manager, teacher, administrator,
minister, and professor in public and non profit
sectors for over 30 years. For the past 13 years
Dr. Walker has been a research professor with the
Department of Educational Administration at the
University of Saskatchewan.
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