An issue of contention during the Sask Party's leadership race was on education. That being said, Premier Scott Moe is not wasting any time showing his support for education in the province. Yesterday, he announced an immediate mid-school year funding of seven point five million dollars to go towards school divisions.
"Saskatchewan’s school boards greatly appreciate increased funding to support the students in our province’s education system," President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) Dr. Shawn Davidson said. "We hope this announcement signals that the 2018-19 provincial budget will provide the restored and renewed investment that is critically needed in school division operating budgets."
The budget will be released on April 10th and is expected to be another tight one with an eye towards getting back to balance by 2019. However, the commitment to education was a key promise of Scott Moe's leadership race.
"Over the last several months, I have heard from parents and educators that additional funding is essential to ensure that our children receive the highest quality education possible," Premier Moe said. "This $7.5 million in immediate funding will put essential classroom supports in place before we introduce the full amount of $30 million in the 2018-19 budget."
"I fundamentally believe that not a wheel turns in our economy without quality education and that societies that prosper and succeed are those that invest in education," Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant added. "Premier Moe and I are committed to ensuring Saskatchewan students have the supports they need to succeed and today’s announcement is just the beginning of a renewed and respectful relationship with our teachers and education partners."
The Ministry of Education will be working closely with the school divisions on distributing the funds as quickly as possible.