Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Announces $29M for School Supplies. Critics Term Timing, Amount, "Ironic"

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Announces $29M for School Supplies. Critics Term Timing, Amount, "Ironic"

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Critics query provincial cash for school supplies

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VANCOUVER - British Columbia's New Democratic Party education critic says the provincial government's announcement of a one-time Student Learning Grant is "pathetic."

Rob Fleming says it's ironic that the grant gives $29.4 million to public and independent schools to purchase supplies and resources, because that's the same amount stripped from districts through ministry-ordered administrative savings barely one year ago.

The BC Teachers Federation welcomes the grant but president Glen Hansman says it's only half of what is required to address classroom needs.

B.C.'s 60 school districts will split a total of $27.4 million based on student enrolment, while the province's independent schools will share $2 million. …

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