Wednesday April 25, 2012

BC Gov't News

Schools See Strike Savings

Liberals plan to double LIF fund to $60 million

Released by Jordon Simmons, BC Gov' t


hilliwack School District 33 is getting $1,384,950 through the Learning Improvement Fund and $249,399 through the BC Education Plan Fund.


"In spite of the recent disruptions to the school system, we are continuing to ensure that students leave the public school system equipped with the strongest education possible. This funding will help students develop the crucial skills necessary to succeed," said MLA John Les, Chilliwack in a release Tuesday.


Why this matters

  • The Learning Improvement Fund (LIF) is being targeted to support students with special needs by hiring additional teachers and teaching assistants, providing additional teaching time and funding professional development and training to help teachers address the complex needs in their classrooms.

  • The BC Education Plan Fund is being targeted to programs to support struggling readers so that students receive the interventions and support they need to develop strong reading skills, which is the critical foundation to success in school.

Additional Information

  • The B.C. government is doubling the LIF from $30 million to $60 million for the coming school year. The increase is due to province-wide operational savings of $37 million resulting from last month's three-day teachers' strike.

  • All of the strike savings will remain with school districts with $30 million being applied to LIF, and the remaining $7 million to be used by school boards for educational priorities in their respective districts.

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