The opposition has raised concern in the Saskatchewan Legislature about cuts to school board budgets and the fall-out on school kids.
NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon says the Regina Public School Board is cutting several programs including support for kids with special needs. And he lays the blame squarely on the Wall government.
Education minister Don Morgan says discussions are underway with the school boards over the budget.
“Those discussions are ongoing,”said Minister Morgan. “but Mr Speaker, for the benefit of the members of the House, we will not see and approve a budget that does not have those programs included in them. So, to the families who are benefitting from those programs, those programs will be there. And those programs, Mr Speaker, will continue”
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Morgan believes the school boards can handle the small decrease in operational funding, pointing out funding has jumped 32-per-cent since 2007.
The school board spoke to the media Wednesday, outlining cuts made in response to funding reductions in last month’s provincial budget.
Along with the three preschool programs, Regina Public Schools announced it would also shrink bus zones and offer only full-day kindergarten on alternating days, rather than five half-days a week.
The cuts announced Wednesday would account for 3-million dollars in savings. The school division is still looking for a further 6.5-million in savings.