Charter school enrolment increased by 257 per cent.
In 2015/16, Alberta per student inflation-adjusted spending in public schools was $13,321—well above the Canadian average of $12,791.
Alberta has experienced a decline in student scores in reading, science and math.
In 2014/15, B.C. spent $11,216 per public school student compared to $13,155 in Alberta.
Only 17 of Alberta’s 96 independent schools are “elite.”
Spending on public schools in Alberta increased 59.7 per cent.
In some quarters, it is taken as a given that Alberta’s schools are underfunded. Critics cite rising class sizes and slipping international test scores (in some areas) as evidence that more money is needed.