Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe isn’t wasting any time re-investing into education.
$7.5-million dollars in immediate mid-school year funding will be provided to school divisions in the province.
The provincial government says it will allow school divisions to hire education professionals immediately to alleviate front line pressures.
During his leadership campaign, Scott Moe promised to reinvest 30 million dollars into education.
This 7-point-5 million dollars is not included in this promise, as the 30 million dollars will be allocated in the 2018-19 budget.
“Over the last several months, I have heard from parents and educators that additional funding is essential to ensure that our children receive the highest quality education possible,” Premier Moe said in a news release. “This $7.5 million in immediate funding will put essential classroom supports in place before we introduce the full amount of $30 million in the 2018-19 budget.”
“I fundamentally believe that not a wheel turns in our economy without quality education and that societies that prosper and succeed are those that invest in education,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “Premier Moe and I are committed to ensuring Saskatchewan students have the supports they need to succeed and today’s announcement is just the beginning of a renewed and respectful relationship with our teachers and education partners.”
“Saskatchewan’s school boards greatly appreciate increased funding to support the students in our province’s education system,” President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) Dr. Shawn Davidson said. “We hope this announcement signals that the 2018-19 provincial budget will provide the restored and renewed investment that is critically needed in school division operating budgets.”
(With files from CKRM)