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Alberta’s negotiations with its teachers should have been straightforward. They weren’t. The premier’s 11th-hour deal with the teachers’ union should have been a coup. Then it backfired. The Calgary Board of Education should have been able to demonstrate enough common sense to, metaphorically speaking, walk in a straight line and chew gum. It can’t.

There are words to describe what the provinces’ education file has become of late. None of them are complimentary.

Oh, where to begin?

Alberta boasts 62 school boards, which have long been more-or-less successful negotiating deals with the province’s teachers at the local level. That was until 2007, when the province chose to hash out one giant province-wide contract. Educators scored a jelly doughnut of a deal that stuffed their pension fund and granted raises that placed the teachers among the best-paid in Canada.

“I can’t believe anyone would be that stupid.”

Well, oil prices were…

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