Key facts about Calgary Board of Education (CBE) spending:
Ensuring that all classrooms are adequately resourced is an essential part of school-level support for both teachers and students. Although the refrain for sufficient, predictable government funding is heard at every turn as the solution to every issue in education, little attention is being paid to where the funds already being provided are going.
In the case of the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), its high administrative burden relative to the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) means that significant resources are failing to reach the school level. The CBE’s much higher percentage of administration/support costs means at least $110 million is not reaching the classrooms, but would if they emulated the CCSD’s commitment to low overhead.
Trustee oversight has been sorely lacking in these critical matters. We hope Trustees make the needed changes to ensure that our students are properly supported moving forward. Trustees need to complete an independent, third party ‘use of funds’ review, stop making decisions in secret, disclose school budgets, participate in the sunshine list, and provide information on a timely basis when asked.
Parents have sought the Education Minister’s help before in this regard, to no avail. Families who need help the most have little time to spare for political lobbying. We ask the Minister to request a third party, independent review, with Kids Come First as a full partner in the review to ensure that parents and children’s needs are fully represented.
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