On Saturday, March 28th, The Alberta UCP Government announced its plan to redirect $128 million of school funds to the provincial covid-19 response.
“I want to stress that this is a temporary arrangement as schools focus on at-home learning.”
The UCP government claims that the $128 million would have been used for transportation, substitute teachers and educational assistants. All of which is unnecessary to online learning.
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says that this decision is a result of the current in-school class cancellations, due to growing concerns over covid-19. LaGrange says that this is a temporary event, and as soon as in-school classes resume, the redirection of funds will be cancelled. She has no doubt that this move will have no effect on Alberta’s current standard of learning.
Individual Schools will have to decide the positions that will be let go based on their new budget.