Education Policy

— Jan 31, 2019
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Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada: 2019 Edition

Education Spending and Public School Enrolment in Canada, 2019 finds that spending on public schools across Canada increased in every province over the past decade by an average of 17.3 per cent, on a per-student basis, after adjusting for inflation. Nominally, spending increased from about $49 billion in 2006/07 to nearly $65 billion in 2015/16, the most recent year of available Statistics Canada data. Teacher and staff compensation (salaries, pensions and benefits) accounted for 84 per cent of that increased spending, rising from $35 billion to more than $48 billion over the same 10-year period.

— Nov 22, 2018
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K-12 Education Reform in Alberta

K-12 Education Reform in Alberta finds that the Alberta government can improve K-12 education by implementing a series of reforms to both the public and independent school systems, including: experimenting with teacher incentive pay, allowing for-profit schools (as they do in Sweden), and relaxing the limits and restrictions on charter schools.

— Jun 26, 2018
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Comparing the Standardized Test Scores of British Columbia’s Public and Independent Schools

Comparing the Standardized Test Scores of British Columbia’s Public and Independent Schools finds that over a five-year period, students at non-elite independent schools averaged statistically significant higher scores than public students in 10 of the province’s 11 standardized tests in both elementary and secondary schools, even though after-tax incomes for families with children at both types of schools are the same.

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