On average, each Ontario student is going to be worth 0.44 per cent less in terms of funding beginning this September.
The province has released its funding to school boards for 2019-20 and the amount per pupil has gone down slightly, from $12,300 this year to $12,246 next year. Overall education funding increased by 0.53 per cent to $24.66 billion, with much of the extra going to prevent teacher layoffs in boards where not enough teachers retire to meet provincial attrition projections.
Education Minister Lisa Thompson said the cut in funding wouldn’t matter in the classroom.
“The (funding) on a per-pupil basis is essentially an average and it doesn’t reflect the direct impact in the classroom,” Thompson said.
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