Edmonton Public School Board trustees have just voted to ask the province to phase out funding for private schools in Alberta.
Eight of nine trustees voted in favour of a motion to lobby the government to end public dollars being spent on private education.
Now the board says it will send a letter to Education Minister David Eggen asking the ministry to cease funding for independent schools.
The school board’s vote was a show of loyalty to the NDP government and a frightened response to a draft policy published last year by the United Conservative Party.
The board is renouncing the UCP draft policy proposing the government should ensure equal per student funding regardless of school choice, to allow education funds to follow the student for use wherever the family chooses, whether public, separate, charter, private or homeschooling.
Trustee Trisha Estabrooks says her motion doesn’t eliminate school choice but instead means that parents now have to choose to pay more for their kids to go to the school they want or go to a public school.
This assumes those who use private education are wealthy and costing the government more than if they were in the public system, and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
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