REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck and Education Critic Matt Love grilled Premier Scott Moe over his government’s decision to reduce education funding despite looming cuts in the classroom and massive resource revenues in the provincial coffers.
“Scott Moe is sitting atop a mountain of oil and potash money while students across Saskatchewan don’t even have desks to sit at,” said Beck. “Our kids are literally being forced to stand on their feet or sit in the hallway because this government has cut funding to the bone. Moe’s government is completely out-of-touch if they think this is acceptable.”
On Monday, Saskatoon Public Schools sent a letter to parents telling them to brace for further cuts as a result of decreased funding from the provincial government. The division says that per-student funding dropped from $10,036 in 2022-23 to $9,896 in 2023-24.
Funding decreases have already forced the division to introduce lunchroom fees and, over the last five years, to cut over 80 positions, including school support staff and English as an additional language teachers.
“As a parent and a former teacher, it makes me absolutely sick to see our schools run into the ground by Scott Moe’s tired and out-of-touch Sask. Party government,” said Love. “Scott Moe needs to stop ignoring the concerns of parents, educators and school boards. He needs to deliver the support our kids deserve.”
Teachers, students and parents will gather at the Legislature on April 29th to protest the ongoing cuts to schools. The Leader of the Official Opposition will deliver remarks.