Cutting Funding For Private Schools ‘Short-Sighted’

February 21 2018 – CBC News – Josee St. Onge – “The Edmonton public school board’s call to phase out funding for private schools is stirring up an old debate about the role of private education in Alberta. Parents and educators say private schools fill gaps in the education system.”

“On Tuesday February 20, Edmonton public school trustees voted to ask the province to phase out funding for private schools and reinvest the money in public education. The board will now send a letter to Education Minister David Eggen asking for action on the issue.”

“John Jagersma, executive director of the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges of Alberta, said private school tuition varies greatly from one school to the next.
Eighty per cent of the families who enroll their kids in private schools earn a lower income than the average Alberta family, Jagersma said.
He said parents choose private schools to answer specific needs.
“The mandates are very broad, they are set by the individual school board,” he said. “They can be anywhere from culture focused, faith based, Montessori, or Waldorf.”

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Spring Regional Session - GTA - May 1 2018

May 1 2018 – 12noon – 4pm – Upper York School – Markham, ON – An informal afternoon lunch & learn opportunity – round-table discussion, employment legislation updates, insurance compliance & policy development and government relations update prior to provincial election in June

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Spring Regional Session - Western ON - April 24 2018

April 24 2018 – 12noon – 4pm – Hitherfield School - Guelph/Campbellville, ON - An informal afternoon lunch & learn opportunity – roundtable discussion, employment legislation updates, insurance compliance & policy development and government relations update prior to provincial election in June

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Spring Regional Session - Eastern ON - Kingston

April 18 2018 - 12noon - 4pm - Leahurst College - Kingston, ON - An informal afternoon lunch & learn opportunity - roundtable discussion, employment legislation updates, insurance compliance & policy development and government relations update prior to provincial election in June

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Many Choosing Independent Schools

Toronto Sun - September 9 2018 - Deani VanPelt - "Every year, a smaller share of Ontario students heads back to their locally-assigned public or Catholic separate school and more and more students head off to an independent school. Not only are independent school enrolments growing, the growth in the number of independent schools in Ontario is astounding.

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Independent Schools In British Columbia: Myths & Realties

September 20 2016 - Barbara Mitchell Centre For Education Improvement - This study finds that despite frequent claims to the contrary, independent schools do not drain resources from public schools, but in fact, the elimination of the partial funding of independent schools would likely increase the strain on public schools and on B.C. taxpayers. 

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