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Manitoba increases public-school funding by 2%

Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum

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Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum (CHARLES TWEED / BRANDON SUN FILE PHOTO)

Education Minister James Allum has increased provincial funding for public schools by $24.4 million, a two per cent increase.

Allum challenged school trustees to provide a quality education without resorting to property tax increases. The rookie minister said that school divisions already have the financial resources to do the job in the classroom, and should start by looking at their administration costs.

The increased money will primarily go towards improving skills training and career development for students.

The NDP maintained its record of providing its share of funding the public education system at the rate of provincial growth.

 

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I think the minister hit it on the head look at administration for making the school budget work as is. He infers divisions can provide a good education by looking in to their administration not by raising mil rates which they have done most years. Last years raise in mil rate was not called for. 10 - 15 years ago the Brandon division had a some specialized consultants and those were cut to fund regular education without raising mil rates and marks were still up to provincial standards.

Now with all the different consultants the division has hired it has not proven to be the way to improve grades. Maybe early years specialists but that would be it. Let the board look at the reality of life. Everyone could do with something extra in life but it is not always a reality. I think the board and senior administration should do the same.

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