Education K-12 Cuts

A 1.2% cut to operational spending – or $22 million less funding – for K-12 education in the face of increased enrollment.

The cuts translate to about $460 less for every student in the Saskatoon Public School Division for the year, and similar reductions in other divions.

The government is attempting to mandate a 3.5% pay cut for education workers followed by three years of zero-percent increases. Factoring for cost-of-living increases, this would amount to more than a 9% pay cut for education workers over four years. The average annual salary for education support workers is $22,000.

Changes to the Education Act in Bill 63 will all but eliminate local school board independence and render elected trustees powerless to represent their communities.

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