British Columbia giving $29.4 million for back-to-school boost
Government will begin flowing the extra funding to public and independent schools in the coming weeks so they can begin working with parents and teachers to prepare for the new school year.
Schools will be required to put a priority on purchasing supplies and resources that reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.’s new curriculum.
Schools can use the one-time funding to purchase a wide range of supplies for schools and classrooms – everything from textbooks, hands-on learning tools and computer programs, to athletic equipment, art supplies and lab equipment.
They can decide what types of learning supplies to purchase, giving them flexibility to meet the local needs of parents, students and teachers.
These new resources will help teachers bring B.C.’s new curriculum to life in the classroom, so students can gain the hands-on experience, collaboration, critical thinking and communications skills they need to succeed in college, university and the workforce.
B.C.’s 60 school districts will receive a total of $27.4 million based on the number of students in their district. Independent schools will receive $2 million. School districts will be notified about the amount of funding they will receive before the end of February.
School districts and independent schools will be required to report to parents and the Ministry of Education on how the funds were used prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year.
As a result of B.C.'s strong economic growth and fiscal discipline, government was able to identify this one-time funding and use it toward important investments like the Student Learning Grant.
This builds on the Province’s record $5.1-billion funding to B.C. public schools in 2016-17.
In addition to this base funding, and including the new Student Learning Grant, school districts are benefiting from new measures announced over the course of the year totalling nearly $125 million. ■