good ol’ account draining school fees
I don’t recall hearing anything of a Carbon Tax during the election campaign but the new order got to that right away after their surprise election to Alberta government. But what I do remember is a lot of promises on how public school fees would be cut.
This week, some muted mumbling from the Education department “not this year, maybe next year”, and the “oil price is low” line again. But this is the year the real impact of the economic catastrophe is hitting home -the pogey is running out– this is the very year assistance should be forthcoming. After all, where is all that borrowed money for operating government going to? Certainly not into job creation anywhere outside of Edmonton’s government beauracracy.
Start with $335 for bussing, onto lunchtime monitoring, music, trips, and as a few have said this week “It’s worse than Christmas”
Meantime, the Calgary Catholic School Division has not increased fees for six years, and Edmonton’s Catholic School Board has eliminated fees for designated essential items, such as textbook rentals. That decision will cost the Edmonton board about $7 million in revenue.
Alberta’s Catholic Boards have recognized the severity of the situation and decided to do what they can, because it’s “the right thing to do”.
The current provincial government uses that line a lot too – until it’s time to do – then there’s mitigating circumstances that make right wrong. Wonder where they learned that one.