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BC: education grants cut in half

Critics note cuts will hit the poor hardest.

VICTORIA, September 10, 2009 — The government's cuts to education funding are short-sighted and destructive. Perhaps worse, they target the schools, children and families most in need of help.

Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid revealed this week that gambling grants to parent advisory councils around the province have been cut in half. The grants, which have been $20 per student, were chopped to $10. The government will save $7.6 million.

And parent advisory councils will have $7.6 million less to spend on supplies, playground equipment, software, books and activities in schools.

The cut was made without consultation. Even a few months' notice would have allowed parents to develop contingency plans or put off financial commitments...

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  Education cuts poorly planned, by The Victoria Times Colonist, September 10 2009

Posted: September 27, 2009

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