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Updated: Edmonton Public School Board Chair stepping down

Michael Janz has announced he will leave the position to focus on fatherhood.

Edmonton Public School Board Chair Michael Janz.

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Edmonton Public School Board Chair Michael Janz.

The chair of the Edmonton Public School Board has announced he will leave his position at the end of the month after two years.

Michael Janz wrote in a blog post late Wednesday that he is stepping down Feb. 28 to focus on fatherhood, after the birth of his son Miles.

He will continue to serve as Ward F Trustee.

Speaking with Metro Thursday, Janz emphasized the importance of continuing to advocate for public education.

“I think as a society we need to be unapologetic about prioritizing public education and truly valuing it as the cornerstone of our democratic system,” he said.

"We can only look below the border to see what happens when religious, cultural, economic divisions are allowed to separate children.”

The board will hold an election for a new board chair in the fall, and vice-chair Michelle Draper will step up into the top spot in the interim.

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