Time to get it done, Mike. Our kids have waited long enough for adequate education funding.

An Open Letter to Finance Minister Mike De Jong

Dear Mike,

I’m sure you and the staff at the Ministry of Finance are busy preparing BC’s 2015 Budget. While you’re all working on it we thought a gentle reminder is in order. Think of it as a suggested new year’s resolution.

“Adopt the K-12 education recommendations of the Report on the 2015 Budget Consultations and increase K-12 education funding.”

We all know the committee made similar recommendations last year and you ignored them. But this year it’s different. There was a strike. Parents now know about the underfunding of our schools.

Back in November the Select Standing Committee on Finances and Government Services released its Report on the BC Budget Consultations (PDF. See page 29 for K-12 education). The committee’s report said K-12 programs and spending was a huge priority for British Columbians.

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In fact, the committee is indulging in understatement. Here are the numbers:

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Close to three quarters (over 72%) said education programs and spending were most important to them. It’s more than a large proportion of the public input. It’s an overwhelming number.

In addition, the committee received a large number of written submissions supporting public education.

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As a reminder, here’s the committee’s conclusions and recommendations:

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It’s time to get it done.

And have a happy new year.

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