Public education advocate and school trustee Michael Janz joins Dave Cournoyer on this episode of the Daveberta Podcast to discuss the state of public education in Alberta and how cuts in the United Conservative Party‘s first provincial budget will impact the education system in our province. We also discuss what is behind the UCP’s drive to expand private and charter schools, and why the New Democratic Party did not cut the 70% subsidy for private schools in Alberta while they were in government.
We also opened the mailbag to answer some of the great Alberta politics questions sent in by our listeners, and announce the launch of the Best of Alberta Politics 2019 survey which starts later this week.
A huge thanks to our producer, Adam Rozenhart, who tried to keep us on track during this episode.
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- Public school board spending $80 million in reserves amid budget squeeze (Edmonton Journal, November 26, 2019)
- ‘Feeling the stress’: Teachers, students and advocates rally against classroom cuts (Calgary Herald, November 30, 2019)
- CBE will cut 300 temporary teaching jobs to cover ‘gap’ left by provincial budget (Calgary Herald, November 20, 2019)
- ‘We’re one of the losers’: Alberta rural school division pens letter over UCP education cuts (Global News, November 7, 2019)
- Alberta budget leads to $5.3-million shortfall for Elk Island Public Schools (Sherwood Park News, November 12, 2019)
- The Elite 15: The 15 private schools in Alberta that charge more than $10,000 a year in tuition while raking in more than $30 million in subsidies (Progress Alberta, March 8, 2017)
- Alberta taxpayers are subsidizing Calgary’s elite and expensive private schools (Daveberta.ca, March 9, 2017)
- The Wire, Season 4 (Wikipedia)