Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Hikes Education Funding by 1 per Cent; Last Year Was 2.55 per Cent

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Hikes Education Funding by 1 per Cent; Last Year Was 2.55 per Cent

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Manitoba to increase education funding 1 per cent

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WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is increasing funding to education by one per cent.

The Progressive Conservative government announced the $13.1-million increase on Wednesday.

Last year, the government gave a 2.55 per cent increase.

Education Minister Ian Wishart made the announcement after kicking off I Love To Read Month at a local school.

The total education budget is more than $1.3 billion.

Wishart says a priority will be to improve outcomes in literacy, math and science, subjects in which Manitoba students struggle compared to their national classmates.

He also says money will be redirected to meet those outcomes, but where it will come from is not yet known.

Wishart also says they want to hold off on announcements until the current school year is over. …

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