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District Education Authority
A District Education Authority (DEA) is a locally-elected body made up of community members who are interested in education. The DEA works with school staff and Regional School Operations (RSO) staff. Together, these bodies serve many of the functions of a school board, and are responsible for administration of school in Nunavut. Members are elected for a three year term.
The DEA is responsible for making important decisions concerning the delivery of education. Examples of these important decisions include:
- Choosing the language of instruction and language model to be used in the school;
- establishing the school calendar;
- developing a registration and attendance policy;
- developing an Inuuqatigiisiarniq (discipline) policy;
- issuing suspensions and expulsions;
- working with Region School Operations (RSO) to hire school staff (including teachers and principals); and
- providing an early childhood education program that promotes Inuit language and culture.
The various positions/structure that make up the DEA are:
- each DEA is comprised of seven members (the CSFN has five members);
- each member is elected for a three-year term;
- DEA terms are staggered to minimized the effects of member turnover;
- each DEA includes one chairperson and one vice-chairperson;
- each DEA has committees on human resources, finance, Inuuqatigiisiarniq (discipline policies), and attendance; and
- DEAs must meet at least once a month.