The Edmonton Public School Board is applauding the announcement made by the NDP Thursday, regarding school fees in the province.
If Bill 1 passes, it will reduce school fees by around 25 per cent.
Michelle Draper, the chair of the EPSB said that it was good to see the government keep a campaign promise.
“If the bill is proclaimed we will see greater consistencies to the fees charged to parents,” Draper said. “Not only in Edmonton Public, but across the district.”
The bill will allow the education minister to have more say and oversight in all fees relating to public schools. Draper said the bill should help nail down just how much each district is spending.
“It really is complicated in terms of trying to find out what’s charged in which district and how much,” Draper said. “So at the very least that’s going to be great. And we absolutely support measures to ensure public education is affordable to parents.”
A family in Edmonton can expect to save up to $1,000 next year. A family in Calgary could expect their savings to be even higher. Draper said that would make a big difference for the average family.
“Personally my fees could be around $500, and that can take a chunk for parents in September,” she said. “Not only are you doing school fees, but you’re also buying indoor and outdoor running shoes, backpacks, and things like that.”
The NDP will put $50 million towards lowering school fees under Bill 1.
Around 600,000 students will be affected by the change. (km)