STF President Hopeful Programs Won't Be Sacrificed After Modest Increase
(The following is an excerpt from an STF News Release from Wed., March 24, 2010)
The STF has released new information regarding the 2010-11 provincial budget as it relates to the teaching profession. The PreK-12 education sector has received a modest $18.6 million (1.16 %) increase for the upcoming school year. This amount; as announced by Minister of Education, Ken Krawetz, pales in comparision to the $241 million increase in the budget just one year ago.
According to STF President, Dianne Woloschuk, the slight increase was appreciated but is unlikely to be sufficient to cover the actual costs of the vast range of educative programs now offered in Saskatchewan's school divisions. "Education is a human endeavor and it is important for the holistic learning needs of students that the education systen is adequately funded and resourced in order for Saskatchewan to maintain a sustainable, high quality public education system. We were glad to hear the Minister emphasize that education is a priority, and we agree it is an investment in the future of our children and the future of our province." Woloschuk shared with Krawetz the thought that there is still a substantial backlog as well as emerging needs.