By Justina Robinson, The StarPhoenix October 31, 2011
I have noticed funding cuts in the school system over the past couple of years.
If we have experienced a housing boom for the past few years, we should also be seeing higher portions of taxes allocated to education from property taxes. And according to the paper, we also have higher enrolment.
What’s going on?
Justina Robinson Biggar
Read it as a PDF: Doesn’t add up
By Eugene Paquin, The StarPhoenix October 28, 2011
The story, More students in Saskatoon schools (SP, Oct. 20), identifies some challenges created by increased enrolment.
It quite correctly identifies the cash crunch for school divisions as a problem, especially in a period of rapid growth. I suggest that this problem affects Catholic education disproportionately. (more…)
THE CANADIAN PRESS / Liam Richards
The Saskatchewan School Boards Association is expressing disappointment for not being consulted about an election promise by the Saskatchewan Party to start the school year after Labour Day.
Party Leader Brad Wall says if re-elected Nov. 7, kindergarten to Grade 12 students would not start classes until after the September long weekend to avoid messing up family vacations and the tourism industry.
Sandi Urban-Hall, president of the association, says starting classes after Labour Day means boards would have to make up for the lost days later in the school year. (more…)
October 27, 2011
The Saskatchewan School Boards Association expressed surprise and disappointment at the Premier’s announcement this morning that if re-elected, the Saskatchewan Party government will amend The Education Act to provide that the school year for all Saskatchewan students will begin after Labour Day.
“Boards of education set their school calendar with the educational needs of students in mind”, said Sandi Urban-Hall, President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. (more…)
By Barbara Cape
I spent my Tuesday evening watching the recent leader’s debate for our provincial election and I’ve got a few thoughts I wanted to share with you.
First of all, a true Leader’s Debate should include the leaders of all political parties: SaskParty, NDP, Greens and Liberals. Each have valuable points of view that we should all hear, regardless of the ‘market share’ outcome. I am disappointed that the media coordinated this debate and created rules to limit the participants.
I don’t know who ‘won’ or ‘lost’ this debate, but I did think that it was interesting that Mr. Wall wanted to ‘fact check’ Mr. Lingenfelter’s comments. I’d like to do the same. I’m not sure if they realize but the majority of the work being done in the healthcare system is done by the whole team – and that team includes technologists, LPN’s, special care aides, environmental and food services workers, admin and maintenance staff… it’s all of us who make up the healthcare experience. (more…)
By George B. Flemming, The StarPhoenix October 25, 2011
Re: Privatizing helps (SP, Oct. 18). There are so many things wrong with this letter that I don’t know where to begin.
The most glaring error – one that Allie Klassen shares with many people – is that we have “free” schools and health care. What we have are publicly funded schools and health care. There is a huge difference.
As for the private clinics, perhaps Premier Brad Wall should be asked what will happen to them when the surgical backlog is cleared. I am no fan of unions, but in many cases they have legitimate concerns and all governments, of whatever stripe, should have their feet held to the fire.
George B. Flemming
Read it as a PDF: No free services
By Steven Allen, The StarPhoenix October 25, 2011
Investment in education has increased over the past few years, but the focus of government funding has been primarily on infrastructure.
It is important to ensure the safety, learning and working conditions of students and teachers.
However, as one teacher so eloquently noted at the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) political town hall forum recently, there needs to be a greater focus on the people in the buildings. (more…)
The StarPhoenix October 19, 2011
More students continue to enrol in the Saskatoon Public School Division (SPSD), prompting the third consecutive year of enrolment increases in the division.
Since 2008 the number of students attending SPSD schools grew by more than 1,200 students. This year, the division experienced an increase of 480 students compared to last year’s enrolment. Total enrolment as of Sept. 30 is 21,297. (more…)
By Jeanette Stewart, The StarPhoenix October 20, 2011
Despite the challenges created by more students in classrooms, the Saskatoon public school division is celebrating another year of increased enrolment.
“It’s great to be part of an organization that’s growing,” said Jim Morrison, chair o (more…)
Tuition shell game
By Chris Mulhall, The StarPhoenix October 21, 2011
The Saskatchewan Party’s announcement that it will provide $500 per year and up to $2,000 to each student pursuing a postsecondary education in the province may seem like a great relief to many.
However, look at the numbers to get a full sense of what’s happened to tuition over just the past few years.
Statistics Canada data show that tuition in Saskatchewan for a general bachelor’s degree in 2008-09 was $5,064. After the government lifted the tuition freeze for 2009-10, the fee increased by 3.4 per cent, to $5,238. For the 2010-11 school year, tuition jumped by 3.6 per cent to $5,431, and in 2011-12 it increased again by 3.1 per cent to $5,601. (more…)