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Steady cutbacks to education funding in BC while expectations rise

Shortfall crisis has left school districts scrambling to lever down spending by eliminating programs, staff and services.

Newly imposed carbon compliance obligations puts further pressure on school districtsFrozen levels of funding, a failure to index revenues to changing costs and sudden changes to funding structures are the three main culprits in British Columbia's school funding crisis, according to an analysis by CUPE National research representative John Malcolmson.

Malcolmson looks at several issues of what he calls the "yawning gap" of stagnant funding levels and rising school cost obligations, saying the province is using what amounts to a sleight of hand saying that funding is at its highest ever levels, something he says is a "myth".

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  A new look at the public education funding crisis: CUPE

Posted: January 14, 2010

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