Tuesday, March 13, 2012

School Districts Receive $4.7 Billion Grants

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Operating grants maintained, new funding for Education Plan

VICTORIA – The B.C. government is maintaining K-to-12 school operating funding at just over $4.7 billion for 2012-13, Education Minister George Abbott announced today with the release of the preliminary operating grant allocations for B.C. school districts. The grants will be updated when student enrolment numbers are confirmed in September.

Despite fiscal challenges and declining enrolments, the government is increasing funding in some areas and introducing new measures to support B.C. schools and students.

In 2012-13, the Province will provide $10.7 million to help school districts introduce elements of the new BC Education Plan.

As well, an $11.2-million Supplement for Vulnerable Students will be in place for 2012-13. These funds will go to districts where the number of vulnerable students has increased, supplementing the $51.1 million CommunityLINK program for 2012-13.

CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) supports meal and snack programs, child and youth workers, community schools, literacy and the healthy schools initiative for vulnerable students.

Funding for districts’ differing geographic circumstances – including districts in rural and remote areas – will be increased by $21.8 million in 2012-13. This includes $10 million as part of a new Student Location Factor, which benefits districts located in sparsely populated areas.


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