Friday, February 12, 2016

EDUCATION IN THE FISCAL STORM

CBC NEWS
The potential impact of cuts to the provinces primary and secondary education system has been garnering a lot of attention this week. One of my volunteer roles is President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils. 

I might have mentioned in a previous post that the organization was asked by the Minister of Education to bring forth suggestions for cost savings.  Frankly, the front lines have all ready cut to the bone. I do not see room for "efficiencies" at the school level. I am certainly not going to suggest increasing ratios (again), closing schools, cutting administration or slashing more programs. That is not my role.

I have said in the past that savings will have to come from the department and at the board level but one can only believe if there were savings to be found there that they would have been found before teachers and programs were cut over the past few years.

On Thursday, I participated in a lengthy interview on the challenges facing education with the CBC Central Morning show. Host Leigh Ann Power explored a number of the issues in the context of the current fiscal crisis.

Between that interview and the comment section on the CBC Newfoundland Website story from today, the issues and responses make for some interesting considerations.




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