Get Ready for School Trustee Elections!

On October 16th, 2017 during Alberta’s municipal elections, we have the opportunity and responsibility to elect school board trustees within each of Alberta's school districts.

School board trustees set important policies and priorities which directly impact the experience of students and families within their district.

They also manage budgets which range from multi-millions in some areas to more than $1 billion dollars each for Calgary Edmonton.

These billions of dollars spent every year come directly from taxpayers.

In fact, up to 30% of your property tax goes directly to the province for education (see Edmonton and Red Deer as examples).

Trustee decisions can also impact students and families beyond a trustee's own district.

For example, this past year certain public school boards/trustees actively lobbied the provincial government to:

Remember: Even if you have don’t have a child in school or in the public school system, we all pay taxes to fund the system and we all reap the consequences of how it is managed, whether wisely or poorly. 

Make your vote count! Our future generations depend on our wise choices today.



Parents for Choice in Education (PCE) is an Alberta-based, non-profit advocacy organization that believes in excellence in education through maximum parental choice.

We are dedicated to informing, engaging and mobilizing grassroots citizens to effectively use their voices and votes in order to impact the democratic process toward an excellent, choice-driven, education system.

PCE has prepared a survey of eight questions to provide to school board trustee candidates in Alberta.

CLICK HERE to view the questionnaire.

Candidates who complete the Candidate Response Form and return it to [email protected] prior to the deadline of September 29th at 4 p.m. will have their responses published on our website starting October 1st.

These responses will also be sent through our mailing list and social media to inform tens of thousands of voters prior to the October 16th election.




Share the link to our 2017 Trustee Election page with those in your networks and spheres of influence.

Explain to others the importance of being informed and voting for excellent trustee candidates who will best reflect their values and priorities.

Encourage your friends, family, neighbours and coworkers to sign up on our homepage in order to receive updates directly to their inbox.



CLICK HERE for the contact information of candidates who have received the PCE survey so far. We will continue to update this list on our site as we send the questionnaire to more candidates.

We encourage you to use this information to contact candidates listed in your area. Send candidates the link to the PCE Trustee Election page and let them know their answers are important to you.

You can also print out the questionnaire to provide ideas of questions you can ask if candidates come to your door or if you attend candidate forums and events.  

Let's get ready and work together to ensure the best possible candidates are elected to the important role of school board trustees in Alberta!