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— Oct 19, 2017
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Comparing the Family Income of Students in Alberta’s Independent and Public Schools

Comparing the Family Income of Students in Alberta’s Independent and Public Schools finds that despite common misperceptions, Alberta families with children in most independent schools actually have slightly lower incomes than families with children in public schools.

— Oct 3, 2017
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The Funding and Regulation of Independent Schools in Canada

The Funding and Regulation of Independent Schools in Canada is a new, comprehensive catalogue of the different regulations and funding arrangements governing every independent school in Canada. Only five provinces—B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec—provide partial funding to independent schools for operating costs ranging from 35 to 80 per cent per student, depending on the type of school and the degree to which it meets certain provincial regulations.

— Sep 6, 2017
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Education Spending and Public Student Enrolment in Canada, 2017 Edition

Education Spending and Public Student Enrolment in Canada, 2017 finds that per-student spending in public schools increased in every province over the past decade (2004/05 to 2014/15), and across Canada, the average increase was 22.3 per cent (adjusted for inflation). In fact, education spending nationwide increased more than $17 billion, even though public school enrolment declined by 3.0 per cent over the same period.

— Sep 6, 2017
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Understanding the Increases in Education Spending, 2017 Edition

Understanding the Increases in Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, 2017 finds that public school spending across Canada increased by $17.5 billion over the past decade (2004/05 to 2014/15) and nearly eight out of every 10 dollars of increased funding was spent on teacher and staff compensation, including salaries, benefits and pensions.

— 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.

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