The education minister sticks to a consistent mantra on education funding. We have all heard it. “There is more money than ever being put into education.”
In spite of what is said, even with the increase, it won’t buy what it did last year because costs have gone up.
Fixed costs continue to rise; heating, fuel, maintenance costs, busing, etc. In addition, there are the negotiated collective agreements the government signed with the employee groups.
Let’s say that two years ago it cost $100 to buy basic groceries for the family for a week. The next year the same basket of groceries cost $110, but the increase to my budget is only $2. I now have more money than I had before, but I am $8 short to maintain the nutritional status quo from the previous year.
This year the basket costs $120 and I get another $2. I now have $104 to spend … the highest ever. But the same groceries now cost $120. I am now $16 behind. I have to cut cost somewhere; items, quantity or quality to feed the family. That is where we are in education.
In spite of the “highest funding ever,” this district like many others will be forced to cut items, services and/or the people who deliver them, just to stay afloat.
Prince George District