Fraser Forum

Education

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In 2013/14 parents of 99,614 students in Canada chose one of the 581 “specialty” independent schools for their children’s education.

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Parents of 6.8 per cent of students in Canada chose non-government schools for their children.

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Almost half of all independent schools in Ontario have a religious orientation.

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Public schools in Alberta require more than $13,000 taxpayer dollars to educate a student while independent and charter schools require under $5,300 and $9,000 respectively.


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Between 2003-04 and 2012-13, spending on public schools in Canada increased by 45.9 per cent.


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From 2003/04 to 2012/13, enrolments in public schools in Canada declined by 4.9 per cent compared to 17.2 per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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With more prudent education spending, Ontario could have reduced its provincial deficit by two-thirds.


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Alberta remains the only province that permits the establishment and operation of charter schools in Canada.


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Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the exoneration of Lynden Dorval, an Edmonton physics teacher who was fired for giving zeroes on student assignments that were not completed.


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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the report from the Commission on Private Schools in Ontario, so it’s a good time to crack open the several hundred pages and consider several proposals that, for a variety of reasons, were ignored.


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