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.
The Alberta government is about to do something that's going to hurt kids across the province.
Thomas Lukaszuk, Alberta's education minister, says he will end the province-wide elementary school achievement tests "or PATs as they are known" that have been written each year for decades by virtually all of the province's Grade 3 and Grade 6 students.