Former lieutenant governor, Yarmouth native and Digby resident part of Nova Scotia's education review panel

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Former lieutenant governor Myra Freeman and Education Minister Karen Casey.

A former lieutenant governor will lead the panel on Nova Scotia’s public education system.

According to an announcement by Education and Early Development Minister Karen Casey Feb. 19,  Myra Freeman and five other Nova Scotians will seek public opinion as part of the review. 

The other panelists are: Tina Dixon, Bear River, Digby County;  Mike Henderson, Brookfield, Colchester County; Kyle Hill, Toronto, formerly of Yarmouth; Gordon MacInnis, Sydney, and Donna O'Connell, Pugwash, Cumberland County.

"There has not been a comprehensive review of education in 25 years and a lot has changed,” Casey said. "Government is committed to a new direction for the public education system.

"The panel brings a wealth of experience to the process," said Freeman, who was lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia from 2000 to 2006 and has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher. "We are eager to begin talking to Nova Scotians to see what they think is working and what we can improve."

Today’s announcement said the review will be broad, covering topics from curriculum to technology to student outcomes as well ashow to better adapt the education system to ensure success of all students in the changing environment.

A partners' advisory group will assist the panel. It will consist of a diverse group of organizations and educational partners, including those representing teachers, school boards, universities, African Nova Scotians, Mi'kmaq, Acadians, youth and business.

The province says a Minister's Action Plan on Education will be developed that will reflect the input of Nova Scotians during the consultation period.

"The review may provide both short-term and long-term direction, and some changes to public education may be implemented as soon as the 2014-15 school year," Casey said. 

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Nova Scotians, Yarmouth Digby County Bear River Colchester County Toronto Sydney Pugwash Cumberland County

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