Education Policy

— Jun 27, 2017
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Where Our Students are Educated 2017

Where Our Students are Educated: Measuring Student Enrolment in Canada, 2017 finds that, as a share of all K-12 students, enrolment increased at independent schools in all provinces and decreased for public schools everywhere from 2000/01 to 2014/15. Across Canada, the share of students enrolled in independent schools in 2014/15 ranged from 12.9 per cent in B.C. to 0.8 per cent in New Brunswick.

— Mar 30, 2017
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Comparing the Family Income of Students in BC

Comparing the Family Income of Students in British Columbia's Independent and Public Schools finds that, despite common misperceptions, families with children attending non-elite independent schools in British Columbia have essentially the same level of income as families with children in public schools.

— Feb 9, 2017
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Fiscal Consequences of Higher Spending on K-12 Public Schools in Canada

Fiscal Consequences of Higher Spending on K-12 Public Schools in Canada finds that governments across Canada could have collectively saved $12.7 billion in 2013/14—and lessened their debt and deficit burdens—if they had restrained spending increases on public schools to changes in enrolment and overall prices (inflation) during the previous decade.

— Jan 10, 2017
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Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Australia

Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Australia examines that country’s education system and highlights its unique funding model for non-government (independent and religious) schools. In Australia, government funding of independent schools varies between 20 and 90 per cent per student (for operating expenses) depending on the average income of the neighbourhood in which the student lives, making them more affordable for lower-income families.

— Dec 20, 2016
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Does Constitutional Protection Prevent Education Reform in Ontario?

Does Constitutional Protection Prevent Education Reform in Ontario? finds that Ontario’s Catholic school system can be part of education reform, despite public misperceptions about the nature of its protection in the Constitution. Amending constitutional provisions that only apply to one province require a simple vote in the legislature of the affected province, and recognition by the federal Parliament.

— Nov 15, 2016
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Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Sweden

Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Sweden examines the Scandinavian country’s education reforms since the 1990s, which increased school choice for low- and middle-income families. The study finds as full government funding was extended to independent schools—including for-profit institutions—enrolment in independent schools increased substantially, from less than two per cent of total enrolment in 1992 to more than 14 per cent in 2014 in elementary grades, and more than 25 per cent in upper-secondary grades.

— Oct 6, 2016
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Understanding the Increases in Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, 2016 edition

Understanding the Increases in Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, 2016 edition spotlights increases in education spending between 2004/2005 and 2013/2014. It finds that nearly 80 per cent of all increases in public school spending in Canada over the past decade went to salaries, pensions and benefits.

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