Posted on May 21, 2020

Statement: NDP Education Critic Sarah Hoffman responds to Calgary Board of Education audit

“Today’s review is all about finding someone else to blame for the generational cuts to education imposed by Jason Kenney and the UCP.

Firing education assistants, increasing class sizes and hiking transportation fees is the record of this minister and government after just one hear. The UCP is ignoring the very really challenges of students learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This audit does nothing to support student learning. About 5,000 new students are expected to attend CBE schools next year and their total funding is still less than it was under the last NDP budget. Per-student funding has fallen even as new schools open and enrolment climbs. The UCP say they have a plan to safely reopen schools when their focus has been on cutting supports for kids and deflecting responsibility.”