Education Policy

— 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.

— Sep 20, 2016
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Independent Schools in British Columbia: Myths and Realities

Independent Schools in British Columbia: Myths and Realities finds that calls to eliminate funding for independent schools are based on misperceptions. In fact, more than 90 per cent of independent schools in B.C. are not elite preparatory institutions, and students in independent schools receive, on average, less than half the government funding per-pupil than students in public schools. Instead of taking away resources from public schools, cutting the partial funding independent schools receive could actually increase the financial strain on public schools and increase costs for B.C. taxpayers.

— Sep 1, 2016
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Education Spending and Public Student Enrolment in Canada

Education Spending and Public School Enrolment in Canada, 2016 Edition, finds that spending on public schools in Canada has increased dramatically over the past decade even as the number of students has declined. Across the country, spending on public schools increased more than 40 per cent, from $44.3 billion in 2004/2005 to nearly $62.6 billion in 2013/2014, a decade that saw a 4.2 per cent decline in the number of students enrolled in public schools in Canada. On a per-student basis, spending increased from $9,876 to $12,427 (after accounting for price changes), a dramatic 25.8 per cent increase over the same time.

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  • Director, Women for School Choice Project, Independent Women's Forum
  • Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario
  • Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
  • Executive Vice President, Fraser Institute
  • Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University
  • Director, Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education, Fraser Institute