Defunding independent schools in Alberta will increase taxpayer costs, diminish school choice for parents
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.
Between 2003-04 and 2012-13, spending on public schools in Canada increased by 45.9 per cent.
With more prudent education spending, Ontario could have reduced its provincial deficit by two-thirds.
Alberta remains the only province that permits the establishment and operation of charter schools in Canada.
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.
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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