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Bethany MacLeod, president of the P.E.I. Teachers' Federation at her desk in the federations office in Stratford on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.
When it comes to giving advice on education, the P.E.I. Teachers' Federation wants a place at the table.
PEITF president Bethany MacLeod said the government should include teachers on its new Family of Schools District Advisory Councils.
Those councils are discussing important issues like student engagement and learning strategies to help students who are struggling, she said.
"To me I just can't understand why teachers wouldn't be at the table to discuss some of those pertinent issues."
The councils are part of the changes to P.E.I.'s education system the provincial government announced in November.
Those changes include the dissolution of the English Language School board and the creation of several new advisory committees, including the district councils.
Last week the province announced the members of the P.E.I. Learning Partners Advisory Council, which includes several current or former teachers.
There is also the P.E.I. Principals Council that includes every principal in the province.
MacLeod said the government is not giving teachers a voice and it's vital to have them on the district advisory councils.
She suggests even one dedicated spot for a teacher on each council would be helpful.
"I don't feel like it's a big ask and I don't understand why we can't have that," MacLeod said.
Education Minister Doug Currie said teachers' voices are important, but there are other opinions that are also critical in the process.
"I value the voice of teachers," he said.
Currie referred to the teachers on the other two councils as evidence of their input in the education system and said there are 13 parents on the district councils who work as teachers.
"I'm very confident that the voice of the teacher is very well captured," he said.