Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Government Planning to Review School Funding and Taxation Authority

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Government Planning to Review School Funding and Taxation Authority

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Manitoba planning to review school funding

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WINNIPEG - A planned review of how schools are funded in Manitoba is in the development stage and may examine issues like school board amalgamation and taxation authority.

Education Minister Ian Wishart says the government is in the process of putting together a request for proposals.

He also says local taxation may be part of the discussion, though he says no definitive decisions on that front have been made.

Manitoba is the last jurisdiction in Canada where local school boards have universal authority to tax homeowners.

Josh Watt, executive director of Manitoba School Boards, says last doesn't necessarily mean worst.

He says in Quebec, one board can raise taxes and then money is doled out to schools, while in other provinces, the authority has been shifted to provincial governments. …

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