REALITY CHECK: Sask. Party throws School Boards under the (School)Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and… right over school boards. Today, in the legislature, Sask. Party MLA Colleen Young, blamed school divisions for the Sask. Party cuts and bad decisions.

During a debate about the Sask. Party’s failings in education, Colleen Young, former chair of the Lloydminster Public School Division, pulled out her best school yard tactics with the classic, “I know you are but what I am I?” and blamed school boards for the consequences of Sask. Party government cuts.

“If students in this province are not receiving the supports they need, it can only be laid back on school boards not making appropriate decisions which are in the best interests of students,” said Young. “Funding is provided and they determine where it goes.”

It would seem that Ms. Young needs to go back to the chalk board and write, “The provincial government is solely responsible for funding school boards,” one hundred times until she remembers that it was her Sask. Party government that removed the ability of school boards to have any control over their revenues.

 The Sask. Party has made terrible decisions when it comes to education. Now they are trying to pretend that it is they who have failed to fully fund teachers’ contracts and provide mid-year enrollment adjustments. 

Now they are trying to pretend that they aren't the ones who have failed to fully fund teachers’ contracts and provide mid-year enrollment adjustments. 

 We encourage Ms. Young and her colleagues to spend a little more time getting better at working well with others and a lot less time making things up while kicking sand in the eyes of the school boards they are supposed to be adequately funding.