Albertans expect their government to prepare Alberta’s kids for the future by properly funding our public education system. Investing in our schools and students is one of the most important investments we can make in our province’s future.
Before the last election, investment in education was falling behind. Kids were having to learn in outdated and overcrowded schools with crumbling infrastructure.
That’s why Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP promised to improve classroom conditions for all students and to build new schools. And that’s exactly what we did.
We invested in 244 new and modernized schools right across Alberta.
We hired 4000 new teachers and support staff through enrollment funding.
Through a successful new school nutrition program, we are serving a daily healthy meal to more than 30,000 kids, helping them to focus on their studies rather than their hunger.
We launched the province’s first comprehensive curriculum review, updating an outdated 30 year old curriculum, to make sure our kids learn today’s basics and have the problem-solving skills they need to be successful in our fast changing world.
We passed a law that ensures every student in every school can form a Gay Straight Alliance without fear of being outed.
We piloted a $77-million a year Classroom Improvement Fund to hire new teachers and put more resources and supports into Alberta classrooms.
We reduced school fees for Alberta families, saving them $50 million annually.
We’re including playgrounds when we build a new school because outdoor physical activity is important for kids and families shouldn’t have to fundraise for them. We also launched a pilot program to fund playgrounds in older neighbourhoods.
We developed an Arabic language program and are currently developing a Filipino language program.
Jason Kenney says he won’t fund enrollment growth. This means 15,000 new students will start school this year with no new teachers. He also promises to cancel the curriculum review, leaving our kids to learn with resources from the 1980s.
As your Premier, Rachel Notley’s plan for the next four years will invest in education and support Alberta’s young learners by strengthening and modernizing Alberta’s education system. Our kids deserve nothing less.
- We will fund enrollment growth to ensure there are enough teachers and resources to match our growing population. We will continue to invest in Alberta communities and keep up with our growing population by building and upgrading another 70 schools across the province, with an emphasis on badly needed high schools.
- We will make the Classroom Improvement Fund permanent and supplement it with additional in-class resources to ensure every student has the support they need to learn in our increasingly complex classrooms. We will continue to build playgrounds for every new school built and will assist mature neighbourhoods to replace aging and outdated school playgrounds. We will expand on our success at creating new language programs in Alberta schools, including creating new provincial Filipino, Punjabi, Somali and Cantonese offerings.
- We will make the Classroom Improvement Fund permanent and supplement it with additional in-class resources to ensure every student has the support they need to learn in our increasingly complex classrooms.
- We will continue to build playgrounds for every new school built and will assist mature neighbourhoods to replace aging and outdated school playgrounds.
- We will expand on our success at creating new language programs in Alberta schools, including creating new provincial Filipino, Punjabi, Somali and Cantonese offerings.
Investing in Skills Training, Colleges, and Universities
Higher education and advanced skills training are increasingly necessary to succeed in the modern economy. A highly skilled workforce is essential in every part of our economy, from energy to farming to research and development. Albertans deserve a government that believes every Albertan who wants to get an education should be able to pursue their dreams and ambitions.
Whether it is to upgrade to a high school diploma, take English Language classes, obtain a trades ticket or get a Bachelor’s degree, cost and a lack of available spaces should not be a barrier to someone maximizing their potential. Postsecondary education should not just be for those from wealthy families. And young people looking to get started in life shouldn’t be saddled with debt when they finish their training.
Before the last election, these were exactly the types of situations Albertans found themselves facing. Albertans were paying too much to attend college or Fighting for you. 19 university, and it was difficult to access higher education for students living in smaller communities.
That’s why Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP made post secondary education more affordable and accessible for students across the province.
We reversed the cuts proposed by the previous government and have invested in our colleges and universities, all the while reducing the cost of post-secondary education for Albertans.
We implemented a 5-year freeze on tuition fees, saving students and their families up to $2000 over the course of their program. We legislated a cap on the amount tuition fees can go up in the future, ensuring post-secondary education remains affordable for Alberta families.
We are creating 3,000 new technology-focused seats in post-secondary institutions to expand access to programs crucial to the province’s economic future.
We made Red Deer College, Grande Prairie College, and Alberta College of Art and Design degree granting universities, so local residents don’t have to leave home to get a degree.
We added more students to the Board of Governors at colleges, to give students more of a voice in decisions that affect them.
Under Rachel Notley’s leadership, Alberta has gone from one of the most expensive provinces to get an education, to one of the most affordable.
As your Premier, Rachel Notley will keep fighting for the right of every student to access affordable world-class education and training opportunities.
We will provide stable, consistent funding to post-secondary institutions to ensure higher education remains accessible and affordable for all Albertans.
We will eliminate tuition fees for high school upgrading and English Language Learning programs, so every Albertan can acquire the skills they need to participate in today’s economy.
We will work with post-secondary institutions to renew the funding formula and focus resources on creating new spaces, ensuring a lack of seats doesn’t stop qualified students from getting the education they need.
Source: Alberta NDP's website https://www.albertandp.ca/