The uproar surrounding education funding in Saskatchewan rolls on.
Following a release by the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation, the Saskatchewan School Board Association released a statement Tuesday afternoon, noting their great concern about the sufficiency of funds for the 2018-2019 school year.
President Shawn Davidson says in the last budget, $55 million was cut from education and it had an immediately nasty affect.
“The funding cuts in 2017-2018 amounted to $440 per student across the province.”
“And our per student funding, right now today, is actually at the lowest level it’s been since 2011,” he stated.
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Education critic Carla Beck seconded Davidson’s remarks, noting nearly all 28 school boards have noticed the cuts, especially as it pertains to $23 million cut from instructional funding and the government needs to acknowledge it.
“We are saying, the SSBA are saying, parents are saying these cuts are hurting kids in classrooms. These cuts are seeing increased class sized numbers, they’re seeing decreased supports for students inside the classroom.”
For her part, Minister Bronwyn Eyre acknowledged those concerns, saying the government is budgeting to properly address education issues, but wouldn’t commit to reversing cuts ahead of the 2018 budget presentation.
“The government has not made any specific directions on cuts. That’s the case, that remains the case. That said, we are looking at options.”