September 29 2014 – Christina Blizzard – Toronto Sun – Fraser Institute Researcher Deani Van Pelt said Ontario could save $1.9 billion annually if it adopted the B.C. funding model, which only fully funds anglophone and francophone public schools — and provides 50% funding for Catholic and other religious and independent schools. Startling new figures in the newest report from The Fraser Institute
Ontario’s deficit-plagued government is spending more money to educate fewer students to a lower standard than other provinces, a report from the prestigious Fraser Institute says.
Education spending in this province went up almost 70% — from $15 billion to almost $25 billion in the decade from 2001-2010/11, yet at the same time there was a 5% decline in student enrolment.
B.C.’s student numbers have declined 8% in the same period. Meanwhile, their spending on education increased less than 35% in the same decade — and their international testing scores are higher than Ontario’s.
If Ontario adopted British Columbia’s model for funding and delivering K-12 education, the province could save up to $1.9 billion per year, finds a new released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
The study, Restructuring Education in Ontario, estimates the financial benefits of Ontario adopting B.C.’s K-12 education model, with its publicly funded anglophone and francophone school systems, and partial funding for independent schools.