B.C. Model Of School Funding Makes Sense For Ontario

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.

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Private Schools Form An Important Part Of B.C.'s School System

Vancouver Sun - October 28 2018 - Dr. Beth Green - It's about time we recognized a simple fact about B.C. education. The province's independent schools are a positive complement to public schools.

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Independent Schools Should Be Encouraged, And Ontario Should Fund Them

Hamilton Spectator - November 4 2018 - Doug Sikkema & Dr. Beth Green - Far from the common misconceptions, these private schools are helping young Ontarians become more socially engaged and more generous

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