PCE believes that the freedom of parents to direct the education of their children is more important than the level of government funding, if any, that may follow the parents’ choice.
At the same time, parents can reasonably and rightfully expect that their tax dollars will be available to them when their children are in school, regardless of the educational choices they make.
For many parents and for alternative programs, sufficient funding is often an important enabler of freedom. Funding ensures that socio-economic status is not a barrier for those wishing to attend alternative programs. Funding also allows alternative programs to provide the required support to all students, including students with special needs.
Mark Milke, Ph.D:
Alberta’s Independent Schools: Taxpayers Saved $750 Million
Calgary/Edmonton Sun column by Donna Trimble:
Special Interests Ahead of Kids?
Calgary Herald column by Donna Trimble:
Public Schools Need to Get Their Own System in Order
Edmonton Journal editorial by Michael Zwaagstra:
No Gain, Lots of Pain, From Cutting Private School Funding
Calgary Herald editorial by Mark Milke, Ph.D:
Private schools foster independent thought – and save money
PCE Perspectives in Education video series: Alberta taxpayers, want to save $750 million?
*We thank Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA) for allowing us to share their excellent video on funding and independant education. They can be found at www.aisca.ab.ca