Province resumes consultations on Kindergarten to Grade 12 funding model

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: May 30, 2023 07:16

MB government promises no divisions will see a decrease in funding

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To strengthen public education and ensure equitable funding for schools, the Manitoba government is continuing consultations with education partners on developing a new kindergarten to Grade 12 education funding model, Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko announced in a media release Monday (May 29) .

“It has been agreed upon for many years that Manitoba’s education funding model is overly-complex and antiquated,” said Ewasko. “At the request of the education sector, we are taking the time to consult with divisions and stakeholders to ensure all feedback is considered and we get the funding model right for those who need it most-Manitoba’s students. As we focus on improving literacy and numeracy, Indigenous education, and student engagement and well-being, the views of our partners in education are incredibly important to us.”

The Manitoba government is summing up engagement and seeking additional feedback on the K-12 funding model from educational partners including school divisions, superintendents, and stakeholder associations.

“We are committed to continuing to invest in K-12 education,” said Ewasko. “Provincial officials will work with the funding model review team and education sector partners to ensure all divisions continue to receive increased funding during the transition-that’s our funding guarantee. We will build on our historic $100-million, 6.1 per cent increase in funding for the 2023-24 school year.”

Initial consultations began in spring 2022 and a new proposed funding model was drafted throughout 2022 based on early feedback. As promised, the Manitoba government is resuming consultations following the passage of the budget last week, the minister noted.

Back in February, the provincial government announced $100-million more for public education, but when some school divisions crunched the numbers, they said their cut came up short.

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