School board funding formula could be revisited
Possibly basing school board funding less on enrolment and more on other factors such as need is one of the issues being looked at by a commission on inclusive education, says Zach Churchill, the province’s minister of education and early childhood development.
At a news conference this week regarding recommendations on improving mental health services for young people, Churchill said, in speaking about the current ratio for guidance counsellors, that funding being primarily based on enrolment can result in concerns.
“Fundamentally what’s at the root of concerns here is the funding model we have in place in the province,” Churchill said. “We fund out school boards based on enrolment almost entirely and now we recognize that that can create some challenges in
“The question that they’re tackling is should there be other factors that impact that funding model to our boards, namely need,” Zach Churchill
areas where there is greater need.”
In a post-cabinet scrum and conference call Thursday, Churchill said that is one of the issues that has been referred to the commission on inclusion which is due to report back with recommendations in March.
“The question that they’re tackling is should there be other factors that impact that funding model to our boards, namely need,” he said. “It most likely will come up in other conversations we’re having around the administration review as well.”