Comment 6944

By Locke (registered) | Posted June 14, 2007 at 21:58:44

While I have agree with Leonard that two publicly funded school systems does harm create difficulty, I think it important to reiterate the broken funding formula is a more immediate concern.

Let me give an example:

In the neighbourhood where I live both a public and a separate school are at physical capacity. However, the public school which was built in 1914 does not meet the funding formula student capacity despite space constraints necessitating classes in the basement. It should also be noted that Gym is too small to truly meet the curriculum requirements of the education act and the playground can barely handle the current numbers.

So, the funding formula is broken when it comes to older and smaller* schools. I agree, one school system would serve society better and remove the threat of further splintering public funds, but it wouldn't solve anything in terms of how we fund schools.

*By the way, a smaller elementary school these days is less than 600 pupils.

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