The province introduced its budget today, and while you can’t say it’s good news for education, our expectations are so low that it almost feels like it.
In a nutshell, it seems to me that Health and Education did receive some increased dollars, while almost everywhere else will see the same funding or less. Mostly less. The budget allows for additional funds for some of the “unfunded” raises that have been downloaded on districts, as well as restoration of the yanked Annual Facilities Grant for next year.
These are areas that Boards of Education and their provincial bodies have been screaming (via Canada Post) about for some time, so maybe we were finally heard. There has also been a lot of rallying from other partners in education, including professionals and some great parent-led campaigns right here on the Sunshine Coast.
Of course Hansen is still calling for more “efficiencies” in our school districts, so there are still some surprises coming. The sharp stick could still turn out to be the better option.
Read a Vancouver Sun article here: B.C. budget keeps tight lid on all spending except health and education