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Premier Notley, Cabinet to restore education funding for 2015-16, support enrolment growth

News Release

Helping secure a bright future for Alberta’s children

The Premier and her Cabinet are restoring education funding for the 2015-16 school year —and are also funding enrolment growth — to provide needed resources to support student learning.

“This government firmly believes that Alberta’s students deserve the best education we can deliver and, by restoring funding for kindergarten to Grade 12 students, we are taking swift action to making this vision a reality.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

The government is:

  • Providing enrolment growth funding for the 2015-16 school year to ensure that every student in Alberta classrooms is funded. About 12,000 additional students are expected in schools this fall.
  • Restoring funding to previously announced reductions to school and classroom resources, such as transportation, inclusive education, and First Nations, Metis and Inuit, among other support services.
  • Maintaining funding to cover the two per cent salary increase and one per cent lump sum payment under the previously negotiated Teacher Agreement.

“By funding enrolment growth and restoring funding for transportation, inclusive education, First Nations, Metis and Inuit among other areas, we are helping to ensure that school authorities can make decisions that are in the best interest of the students in their communities.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

The fiscal year cost to restore this funding is $103 million. School boards require this information as they prepare budgets for the 2015-16 school year, which are due to Alberta Education by June 30.

Listen to the news conference

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