CBE provides a world-class education to one in six students in Alberta. We offer unmatched opportunities to ensure students are successful and have an enviable track record of student achievement. Let’s continue to work together to celebrate, protect and invest in CBE students.
The provincial budget for 2023-24 provided an additional $130 million for CBE students. Using this investment, the CBE hired teachers, education assistants and other staff to support the students we have, and are expecting to have, over the next few years.
From rising enrolment and increased student complexity to the rising costs of keeping schools running in a period of high inflation, the increased funding will be allocated in the best interests of students. Continued investment must be sustained to ensure CBE students are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
CBE’s student population is becoming increasingly diverse, with more than 40,000 students identified as English as Additional Language Learners. While recent funding increases help, the need still exceeds the resources available. We will continue to work with government and community partners to find solutions in the best interest of students and their learning needs.
CBE has welcomed more than 7,000 students in 2023-24. We expect another 2,000 students to enrol during the school year. This is enough to fill 15 elementary schools. Every year, base funding needs to be adjusted to keep pace with enrolment growth and escalating costs. Access to grants needs to be further simplified and more timely.
Each year, funding should cover the real cost of items like utilities, maintenance, custodial services, and insurance. Inflationary pressures mean these costs, along with staff costs continue to increase.
We require new schools to support rapid enrolment growth in Calgary, and modernizations to ensure student are learning in up-to-date facilities close to home. More than half of CBE's 251 schools are 50+ years old. Building and modernizing schools must continue to be a priority. There is also a short-term need for modular classrooms to address enrolment pressures.
Sustainable, predictable base funding is required for program success. We want to work with government to develop partnerships, leverage industry expertise, address equity of access and develop common standards and structures to support high school pathways to success.
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