Today, NDP Leader Rachel Notley was joined by parents and kids in Calgary to announce the NDP’s plan to support Alberta’s students and stop PC cuts to our schools.
“Families should be able to trust that students will have the support they need in the classroom, but the PCs are cutting funding for our schools and increasing class sizes,” said Notley. “New Democrats will stop the PCs’ cuts to our schools. We have a plan to reduce school fees for families and deliver a school lunch program to help students focus on learning.”
Jim Prentice and the PCs are forcing Alberta’s schools to absorb 12,000 new students this year alone without additional funding for teachers and textbooks. Jim Prentice’s budget guarantees that cuts will continue in subsequent years as the PCs refuse to provide funding for new students.
The NDP will stop the PCs’ cuts to education and ensure that our schools can meet the needs of our growing province. Our plan focuses on reducing class sizes, cutting school fees by half, and creating a school lunch program to help deliver a nutritious meal to 22,000 students in the first year.
“Our schools are at the heart of our communities. They matter to every family in our province,” said Notley. “The NDP will deliver real relief for families and protect the principles of public education by focusing on the right priorities. Our plan will help all students reach their full potential.”