How do budget cuts to education affect you? 

To start things off, I need to tell you where this post has stemmed from. Currently, our Saskatchewan government was re-elected and is a majority of Sask Party officials. The Sask Party aligns with the Conservative Party and its right wing thinking. Since seeing this party being elected time and time again over the past 10 or so years, we have seen significant budget cuts to education and healthcare (I know, like that makes sense?!?) With this past budget being released since reelection, and a 495M deficit, the cuts to education are on their way.

Long story short, it is looking quite dire for the teaching community, families, schools, and most importantly, students. Personally, my own school is bursting at the seams. Cuts to education means that, although our numbers continue to grow, our school is unable to adequately house these students. We have already had a portion of our library be turned into two classrooms, my own Kindergarten space will be split to create two classrooms during the summer break, and our small gym serves as the music/band room as well as a boot room to come in and out of at recesses. And we are definitely not the only school that this is happening too.

So you may be wondering, what does this article about earlychildhood education, have to do with budget cuts? Well, let me answer that for you. The fear is that with the cuts happening to our Education budget by our Saskatchewan government, I fear where education values will land. Not just for Early Childhood education, but for all grades and classrooms. We need to come together as educators, not just for Early Childhood, but for all education policies.

I beg parents to spend time in the school landscape. Engage in your child’s education, be present, and advocate for an education that will allow your child to make a difference in society.

Education may not be a quick dollar, but it’s the only thing that will drive our society to be successful, competent, and create independent, strong, critical thinkers. I am so very grateful for an early childhood curriculum that supports play based learning, but we need to make sure this doesn’t change. Make your work as a teacher known to all that pass through your classroom door. What’s happening here is important.

7 Comments

  1. Lynn Earle

    Agree, Agree — I was a very involved parent in the school system years ago – before the introduction of teacher assistants and classroom sizes were 30 – 35 students. I saw teachers desperate to manage the integration of students with physical, mental or learning challenges – BUT then the public school system changed their direction – supporting teachers, family and students by reducing classroom sizes and introducing teacher assistants to the benefit of all the students. Providing funding and planning new schools.
    However – since this government has been in power and decided that they know more than educators by taking over the funding from the school boards. They now decide who gets funding and when and deciding who needs it more or not at all PLUS reducing teacher assistants in the classroom and deciding what is important for students. Classroom sizes are once again back 30 to 35 student with no TA’s. There is so much more if you know what is going on – the schools are falling apart, students don’t have the resource materials – I could go on and on!!!
    —- Can we not see what this is doing to our education – to our children – to their future. How do you move your society forward??? You educate them!
    Just recently Brad Wall said the oil industry is more important than education —- Is this the mentally of the Wall government – Yes it is! Speak up – look after your child and their education – this is their right.

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