In Saskatchewan, there are growing concerns about what the approximately $260 million provincial budget deficit will mean for school boards across the province.
Though the premier has said education will see a ‘modest’ increase, many school boards are being told to budget for the worst case scenario.
Many school divisions are already feeling a budget pinch. Many school boards are dealing with increased enrollment and more complex student needs. Even a modest increase will not be enough for some school divisions to meet the need for frontline support staff.
And when education support staff get cut, it’s our children who suffer.
We need to stand together now to ensure that education in this province is properly funded.
Please join us on May 25 for a “Social Media Storm for Education” and share your message for the government on Facebook and Twitter.
Read the backgrounder here to understand how budget shortfalls are already resulting in layoffs and extra fees for parents.
Some sample messages include:
You can skip the dishes, but you can’t skip the classroom. Let’s support frontline staff. #skpoli #budget2016 #supportsasked
Cuts to frontline education support workers hurt our kids. Let’s invest in education. #skpoli #budget2016 #supportsasked
26 layoffs at Prairie South, 100 jobs lost in Prairie Spirit. What other cuts are coming to education? #skpoli #budget2016 #supportsasked
Our schools work because support staff do. Let’s invest in education. #skpoli #budget2016 #supportsasked