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News Release - Prentice’s Makeshift School Plan a Band-Aid Fix at the Expense of Inner City Schools

September 22, 2014

Today Premier Jim Prentice announced funding for makeshift “starter schools” in an attempt to address critical needs in education. This is part of Premier Prentice’s “fix what we broke” campaign since being sworn in as Premier and breaks a direct campaign promise Prentice made on May 27, 2014 when he said: “But mark my words... an Alberta I lead will not have our children in makeshift and temporary schools.

“Fixing what the PC government broke is a good first step, but these band-aid, temporary fixes have to stop,” said Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark. “Just as selling airplanes doesn’t eliminate entitlements and keeping Michener Centre open doesn’t solve issues for persons with developmental disabilities, creating makeshift schools doesn’t solve the real issues facing our education system.”

“We need new schools,” continues Clark. “We need investment in school maintenance. We need more operating funding for students. Without focussing on reinvestment in these three areas of our education system, the PC government is failing Alberta students.”

“We must also protect inner city schools.”

“My daughter attends William Reid Elementary in inner city Calgary. This year, our school had to eliminate the library to squeeze in another two classrooms. There are 34 kids in a single kindergarten classroom. This is on top of ‘temporary portable classrooms’ that have been in place for the better part of a decade,” said Clark. “We already have makeshift schools and it’s solving nothing.”

“If the Prentice PC government does not increase operational funding to keep pace with more schools inner city schools will continue to fall victim to more cuts in teaching staff and maintenance” said Clark. “It’s entirely possible that more inner city schools will have to be closed to support the PC’s proposed method of expansion in the suburbs.”

It’s time for real change in Alberta. The Alberta Party will fund growing demand with new schools, protect inner city schools through more teaching staff and address the unacceptable backlog of maintenance ignored by the PC government for years.


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