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ERIC Number: ED433580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessing the Financial Impacts of Bill 47 on Manitoba School Divisions/Districts.
Lam, Y. L. Jack
This paper examines the financial consequences of one section of Bill 47, which allowed Manitoba's parents to have "freedom of choice" when placing their children in school. The article traces the passage of Bill 47, the Public School Amendment Act, which the government of Manitoba rushed through the Legislative Assembly in 1996. Accompanying the freedom of choice was the mandatory transfer of funds when a student moved from one school district to another. The text explains how increased competition among schools, combined with parental choice, accelerated mobility rates among school divisions. A review of the 47 school divisions and 9 school districts that make up all the public schools in Manitoba revealed that 1 percent of the total public school budget had been changing hands among school divisions/districts as a result of student mobility in 1997. In terms of winners and losers, it was found that 51 percent of the total jurisdictions suffered financial loss when outgoing students outnumbered incoming students. Thirty-four percent of school divisions/districts benefitted from transfers and 14 percent experienced a neutral fiscal impact. Although the overall effect on budgets remained modest for 1997-98, it is uncertain whether more profound fiscal consequences will be evident in coming years. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada