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(Vancouver) Real per-student funding for public education in BC has been dropping over the past three years, and is now at its lowest level in more than 15 years. Despite contrary claims by the education minister, the province is not giving school boards enough money to meet cost increases -- resulting in school closures, larger class sizes, and lost funds for special needs.
Who's Cutting Classes? was originally published in January 2004. It reviews how public education (K-12) is financed in BC, and calculates real per-student funding since 1990, taking into account both student enrollment and cost pressures in the system. The update, The $150 Million Question, provides figures current to the 2005 BC Budget.