Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Groups Push for Alberta to Phase out Funding for Private Schools

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Groups Push for Alberta to Phase out Funding for Private Schools

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Groups want funding phased out for private schools

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EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta and 13 other groups are urging the provincial government to phase out public funding of private schools over three years.

The groups say that money -- $248 million last year alone -- could go to reduce school fees and class sizes, increase supports in classrooms and bring in a school lunch program.

They point out those were some of the promises the NDP made in the last election campaign.

The groups say they are OK with continued funding for special education schools.

Arlene Hrynyk, president of Public School Boards Association of Alberta, says by continuing to support Alberta's private schools, funds are being taken away from children in the public system.

Advocates of private schools say it's cheaper for taxpayers to partially fund private schools than to place those students elsewhere. …

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