Despite overheated claims, Alberta public schools aren’t under-funded

Even after adjusting for inflation, the government is spending substantially more per student in the province’s public schools than a decade ago

Despite overheated claims, Alberta public schools aren’t under-fundedBy Angela MacLeod and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Back to school is an expensive time of year for Albertan families. Whether it’s new shoes, school supplies, a bus pass or a new computer, families often take a closer look at their budgets to account for the extra spending. It’s also a good time to take…

Teacher’s ‘me too’ clause puts Alberta in a fiscal squeeze

The stakes in collective bargaining sessions remain high. Alberta faces a $10.3-billion budget deficit with more big deficits planned

Teacher’s ‘me too’ clause puts Alberta in a fiscal squeezeBy Ben Eisen and Angela MacLeod The Fraser Institute Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government recently reached a tentative short-term agreement with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The deal must still be ratified. According to news reports, the union accepted a salary freeze. That may leave some Albertans thinking teachers won’t get any raises. It’s not quite that simple.…

Are you gay?

When a personal question becomes a political issue – and hypocrites like Jason Kenney dare to suggest we infringe on the rights of others, including children

Are you gay?“Are you gay?” It was 1983 or so and my Carleton University journalism professor, Roger Bird, asked me if I was gay. I was surprised. “Is that an issue?” I asked him. “If you’re writing an investigative series about gay people in politics, I think it is,” Bird said and he was probably right, as…

Getting the facts straight on Alberta independent school funding

The case for defunding independent schools is being made largely on the basis of mistaken analysis

Getting the facts straight on Alberta independent school fundingBy Ben Eisen and Deani Van Pelt The Fraser Institute It’s budget day in Alberta, and some interest groups, including an organization called Public Interest Alberta, want the Notley government to eliminate government funding for independent schools. Unfortunately, the case for defunding independent schools is being made largely on the basis of incorrect claims and…

How being politically correct can muddy complex waters

U of C's "cultural engagement" guidelines bear little resemblance to the complex relationship that existed between aboriginals and immigrants

How being politically correct can muddy complex watersA ceremony at the University of Calgary a short while ago invited all faculty members of the Royal Society of Canada to welcome newly-elected fellows into the ranks. It was presided over by one of the university’s vice-presidents. Other members of the senior leadership team were also present. The VP began the evening with the…

Deeper deficits spurred by increases in public school spending

Provincial governments have been spending more money to educate a smaller number of students

Deeper deficits spurred by increases in public school spendingBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute With governments across Canada preparing to release their budgets, Canadians can expect headlines announcing new government spending on this or that initiative. But in all the hoopla, what is often overlooked is the harsh reality that governments do not have a bottomless pit of tax money…

The facts behind private schools in Alberta

Alberta’s 94 private schools received $151 million in grants this year, a drop in the bucket when it comes to Alberta Education’s $7,228,040,463 budget

The facts behind private schools in AlbertaPublic funding for private schools continues to be a hot topic in Alberta. As argued in a recent Edmonton Journal opinion piece, some want to eliminate all financial support for private schools. But what are the facts? Less than four per cent of Alberta’s school students attend private schools benefiting from public support. Given that this…

Financial literacy must be part of learning plan

By giving students the tools they will need to grow wealth, as opposed to bad debt, we will be helping the next generation to succeed

Financial literacy must be part of learning planA few weeks ago, the Government of Alberta announced an ambitious overhaul of the Kindergarten through Grade 12 public education curricula. The $64-million project will span six years and will involve approximately 50 education professionals in the planning, drafting, and communication of the multi-faceted review. What is unusual about Alberta's approach is that it means…

Independent schools offer Albertans more education choice

A unique and vital contribution to the education landscape

Independent schools offer Albertans more education choiceBy Deani Van Pelt and Derek J. Allison The Fraser Institute Alberta is recognized internationally for educational choice – a reputation recently reaffirmed by the provincial government, which supported a “parental choice” motion in the legislature. However, in a province awash with choice in public government-run schooling, the choices offered by independent schools, and the…

This is no time to turn the clock back for education in Alberta

Diversity in schooling choice made Alberta a world leader in education, but that could all be coming to an end

This is no time to turn the clock back for education in AlbertaIt’s a paradox of politics when one of Canada’s self-identified progressive governments risks a major regressive step in preparing our children for the future. Nor is the conundrum of Alberta’s NDP government debating the dismantling of its highly innovative choice-based education system baffling only to Canadians. The resurgent spouting of old school dogma about the infallibility…