I’ve already put in a request to talk to Education Minister Nancy Allan about the NDP government’s plans to implement caps on class size.
You thought you’d get time after the election to celebrate? We want to see our tax dollars at work.
Premier Greg Selinger promised to cap class size at 20 students for kindergarten to Grade 3, at an annual cost of $20 million for additional teachers, and a one-time capital cost of $85 million.
I suspect the figure for hiring teachers will turn out to be on the low side; the capital cost, we’ll have to wait and see. The space issue could mean reopening empty classrooms, converting resource space to classrooms, plunking down portables, or adding a wing in a big school already at capacity.
I’m thinking they may introduce the cap in the 2012 kindergarten class, and add a grade each year.
Seven Oaks superintendent Brian O’Leary has said that Ontario applies its cap to 90 per cent of classes, so that the 21st child doesn’t have to be bused to another school.
Meanwhile, Selinger also promised to remove $49 million of education property taxes paid by senior citizens and by farmland.
Best bet is that the details will be in the next provincial budget.
Greg, just tossing ideas out here, eh, but I’m thinking that when two people co-own a house, the taxes should disappear in their entirety the year that the older spouse turns 65, and should go into effect for that entire year, regardless of when the birthday occurs. No vested interest in this, I’m just trying to be helpful.
University of Manitoba president David Barnard congratulated Selinger on winning Tuesday’s election at 8:39 p.m. Tuesday. University of Winnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy waited until 11:24 a.m. today.