On Thursday, March 2, the Provincial Government introduced Bill 1 – An Act to Reduce School Fees. This new bill will have an impact on school and transportation fees across the province. We do not know the specifics about what this will mean for CBE families. For now, there are no changes to the 2016-17 fees and services.
We will share information with parents once we have specific details about what this means for the Calgary Board of Education.
More information about CBE fees:
Board of Trustees Statement
The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education issued the following statement on March 2 in response to the Throne Speech and introduction of Bill 1.
We are grateful for the Province’s continued support of public education. The fees we charge cover the portion of the cost of providing service that the government does not fund in order to provide the level of education that Calgarians have come to expect. We know that this can cause hardships for some of our families. Parents will welcome a reduction in school fees.
We will need more details of these legislative and regulatory changes to understand the impacts on students and their families.
As the largest school board in the province, we expect the Government will continue to make decisions based on our collective values that are in the best interest of the needs of all students within our school communities.
We look forward to working collaboratively with the Government on these changes to ensure service levels are maintained and Government fully funds its commitment to reducing and eliminating fees.