Still no definitive time line on when changes could be on the way for school fees in Alberta.
The NDP promised to reduce school fees during the last provincial election, and many parents have been hoping for that to become a reality in the midst of this economic downturn.
Education Minister David Eggen spoke with the Global Calgary morning show, and says reductions are being built into the long-term budget.
“We’ve been working hard with school boards across the province, and Calgary in particular, to look for ways to which we could reduce school fees,” Eggen said Tuesday. “We know that it’s not easy for anyone.”
He says he’s also keeping an eye on transportation issues, which have been high-profile here in Calgary.
“We know that there are challenges but let me say that opening new schools will certainly help to alleviate the circumstances,” Eggen said about opening 11 new schools in Calgary and 30 across the province this fall.
Meantime, Eggen says consultations surrounding the six-year, $64-million curriculum review and overhaul will begin this fall.