Clark government returns $25 million to B.C. schools following public outrage

The Vancouver School Board will only receive $2.2 million, leaving it with a crippling shortfall of more than $21 million.

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Provincial representatives join school students and staff in announcing a $25 million investment in B.C. schools after weeks of public protest against budget shortfalls. Photo courtesy of B.C. government.

The B.C. government softened some major budget cuts to education this year — cuts that have sparked public outcry — by putting back $25 million into the budgets of school districts across the province on Tuesday.

Nearly 30 school boards faced more than $80 million in budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year, but Education Minister Mike Bernier announced a partial reversal, funded through "administrative savings."

The $25 million is divvied up by school board and can be spent any way the boards see fit, he explained, whether that's hiring new teachers, investing in programs, or maintaining schools with falling enrollment.

One parent called the investment "woefully inadequate," while a Vancouver School Board trustee chalked it up to "pre-election panic." Read the full story on National Observer.

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