PCs offload cost of education onto families despite recommendations

EDMONTON – Alberta families should not have to pay for the PCs neglect of vital public services. This government has repeatedly failed  to make the education of Alberta’s children a priority by ensuring school boards have adequate funding, NDP Education critic Deron Bilous said today. 

This Saturday is the last day Albertans can have their voices heard when it comes to school fees in Alberta as submissions on the Alberta Education Act regulations, close.
 The regulations outline how school fees will be used to cover the costs of basic education items, despite direct recommendation from the government’s own panel, to prohibit the fees.
“School fees have become unaffordable, especially for families with multiple children,” said Bilous. “Instead of taking responsibility for the education of Alberta’s children, the PCs have cut funding, increased fees and then dropped the problem they’ve created into the laps of school boards to deal with. It’s not fair to the boards, and it’s certainly not fair to the students.”
The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show Alberta’s school fees have nearly tripled in five years. Alberta has the highest school fees in Canada, nearly doubling the second highest fees, in Manitoba.
 “In times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make choices that strengthen our communities and ensure promising futures for our children. Instead of pushing these regulations through, this government needs to listen to Albertans and ensure that public education is accessible and affordable for everyone,” said Bilous.