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ERIC Number: ED538570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Education Funding in Crisis: Will the 2010-11 Budget Make a Difference? BCTF Research Report. Section V. 2010-EF-02
White, Margaret
British Columbia Teachers' Federation
Each budget year the Ministry of Education responds to concerns about chronic underfunding of public education by asserting that the ministry is providing "more funding than ever" during a sustained period of declining student enrolment. While the nominal amount of education funding has increased, this increase has not been sufficient to fully fund publicly-mandated education programs and services. According to a 2010 report by the Saanich School District, new costs to school districts exceeded provincial block funding resulting in a $157 million shortfall in 2009-10, after accounting for savings due to declining enrolment. K to 12 education is actually receiving a diminishing share of the provincial budget. This paper shows that Ministry of Education funding as a percent of the provincial budget fell to 15.34% in 2009-10, down from 19.67% in 2001-02 and 26.36% in 1991-92. More of this funding has gone to private education. Since 2005-06, independent-school funding increased by 34%, while public education funding increased by only 13%. Budget 2010 restores $100 million of the $128 million in Education Programs funding for 2010-11 that was lost in the revised provincial budget introduced in September 2009. But this is still $28 million short of the amount originally allocated in the February 2009 Budget Plan. Public schools funding is the largest component of Education Programs, increasing from $4.699 billion to $4.82 billion for 2010-11. The new budget claims to provide funding for wage settlement costs for teachers, implementation of full-day K, and to partially restore $110 million of AFG funding spread over two years. (Contains 3 tables, 19 footnotes, and 1 chart.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada