Educators in Saskatchewan are rejoicing after new Premier Scott Moe quickly started making good on his campaign pledges to support education in the province.
Promised an immediate mid school year $7.5 million, and an additional $30 million to follow in the upcoming budget, Saskatchewan Teachers Federation President Patrick Maze stated that they are encouraged by the announcement.
"It was their second day in government, so for them to know that they need to act quickly on restoring funding to our classrooms is a positive sign. We kind of view it as a first installment of a longer process of honoring their election promises that remain. It's exciting news."
The immediate funding will be handed to the individual school boards to put where they need it most, with classroom assistance being the primary destination.
"I think they heard loud and clear that public education has been suffering. We had a number of kind of status quo, or just below status quo budgets, culminating in large cuts, last year of $54 million to the education sector, and that really hurt our classrooms," added Maze.
That said, in a budget already expected to be tight, increasing the funds headed in one direction will likely result in a decrease - better known as the infamous 'cuts' - in other areas.
"We look at education as an investment into the province's future. Each student that ends up staying and working in the province is an asset to the community. I get that it's sometimes difficult to balance this budget, but at the same point, investing in education is always a good thing," Maze said.