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— May 22, 2024
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Funding for BC Independent Schools Saves Government Money

Funding for BC Independent Schools Saves Government Money finds that, despite misperceptions, government funding for independent schools in British Columbia saves the province (i.e. provincial taxpayers) millions of dollars every year. Looking specifically at the costs, even if just 10 per cent of independent school students migrated to government public schools because the B.C. government eliminated independent school funding, education spending would increase by $51.6 million per year.

— May 7, 2024
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Understanding British Columbia’s Public Management Challenge

Understanding British Columbia’s Public Management Challenge finds that despite substantial spending increases by the B.C. government, the province’s health-care wait times have increased and student test scores have declined.

— Apr 25, 2024
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Canadian History Untold: Assessing the K–12 Curriculum Guides in British Columbia and Ontario

Canadian History Untold: Assessing the K-12 Curriculum Guides in British Columbia and Ontario finds that the amount of Canadian history being taught to Ontario and BC students in K-12 is limited. In Ontario, what little Canadian history is taught doesn’t follow a logical, chronological order, and in BC’s case, it is overly-focussed on discriminatory events in Canada’s past.

— Mar 22, 2024
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The Role of Natural Resources in British Columbia's Economy

The Role of Natural Resources in British Columbia’s Economy, by Senior Fellow Philip Cross, is the first essay in a new series looking at public policy in B.C. This essay quantifies the important role natural resources play in British Columbia’s economy, including the impact on both gross domestic product and employment.

— Feb 21, 2024
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British Columbia’s Current Spending Peak: Highest in History, Highest Growth in Canada finds that the B.C. government’s per-person spending in 2022/23, the latest year of available data, was nearly 20 per cent higher than in 2019/20.

— Jan 18, 2024
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The Collapse of Student Testing in BC High Schools

The Collapse of Student Testing in BC High Schools is a new study that finds participation in B.C.’s provincewide student assessments has dropped, and at the same time, fewer students are meeting the proficiency standards in numeracy and literacy (with one out of every two Grade 10 student failing).

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