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ASBA pleased with stable funding for education

Stable education funding for the next three years was the highlight of the 2012-2013 provincial budget, said Alberta School Boards Association President Jacquie Hansen. “We are very pleased that government has listened and responded to our long-standing need.”

Stable funding gives school boards the flexibility it needs to plan and respond to education needs within local communities. Funding increases for the education system as a whole of more than three per cent per year is welcome, said Hansen but individual boards need to study the budget details before knowing how much they will receive.

“We are cautiously optimistic but the reality is that only a portion of that increase is in base student funding. As a result, school boards will be challenged to do more than just maintain the programming and services they have.”

Hansen said her organization was pleased with the attention given to funding for inclusion and students with special needs but the funding needs to be increased and sustained over time to have a significant impact.

She was also disappointed that there was no funding increase for repairing and maintaining schools given more than 40% of Alberta’s schools are in need of improvements. To offset this limitation, ASBA will be working with the Minister and the department to maximize the benefit of capital construction dollars.

For more information:
Jacquie Hansen, ASBA President at 1.780.918.9712 (Cell)