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According to CUPE BC president Barry ONeill, Education Minister Tom Christensen has made the same announcement on new funding for public schools three times in recent weeks.

But despite the repetition, the numbers dont add up, ONeill says. They dont add up to what the government has cut $420 million since 2001 nor do they add up to increased hydro, heating and health premium costs.

With so few answers, its no wonder Christensen cant wait to leave town as soon as someone asks him a tricky question.

Fortunately, CUPE BC has released its own report on the provinces school funding, BC School Watch: Examining the fine print in K-12. The 120-page book is available at http://www.cupe.bc.ca/files/cupe_schoolwatch16-03-05.pdf