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Smith statement on education funding announcement

EDMONTON, AB (May 28, 2015):Today, Wildrose Shadow Education Minister Mark Smith released the following statement following the NDP government’s announcement it will increase funding for school boards.

“Wildrose believes every child deserves a world-class education, and in consultation with school boards, I’ve heard the importance of providing consistent year-over-year funding.


“It is critical we keep a watchful eye on these dollars and ensure it reaches students and teachers in the classroom. In the recent election campaign, Wildrose announced our direct commitment for increased supports in the classroom for special needs students and mental health.


“We hope Minister David Eggen will soon make clear where the dollars for this funding will come from, and that we can start to focus on other important challenges our education system is facing.


“Issues like finally proclaiming the Education Act, improving declining outcomes for students, moving away from untested instruction methods and building the classroom space our students need.”