FORT ST. JOHN (December 19, 2018) – Education Minister Rob Fleming’s ‘wait and see’ approach to the way schools are funded in B.C. provides parents, teachers and school administrators with little confidence in stable budgets for B.C.’s K to 12 education system.
“We are already halfway through the current school year and school boards have to have their budgets for the 2019-20 fiscal year ready this spring,” said Education Critic and Peace River North MLA Dan Davies. “The review panel examining education funding has provided its report. Now the minister is kicking the can further down the road by setting up working groups that will file their own opinions in the fall of 2019. This is a typical example of a government that likes to talk big, yet take no action.”
There is no indication of any increase in funding to support a new formula in today’s announcement. No new funding would result in the government once again picking winners and losers.
“This minister likes to raise public expectations well above any realistic objectives,” Davies added. “The minister’s promise to eliminate portables in Surrey within four years is a prime example. The work of this review panel and these working groups will likely receive the same treatment that other panels have received by the NDP minority government. They get polite lip service and then are completely ignored.”
Since assuming government in July 2017, the NDP has launched well over two dozen government reviews.