Nechako Lakes School District 91 is getting $645,308 through the Learning Improvement Fund and $83,071 through the BC Education Plan Fund. Bulkley Valley School District 54 is getting $287,790 through the Learning Improvement Fund and $46,020 through the BC Education Plan Fund.
The Learning Improvement Fund is being targeted to support students with special needs by hiring additional teachers and teaching assistants, providing additional teaching time and funding professional development and training to help teachers address the complex needs in their classrooms.
The BC Education Plan Fund is being targeted to programs to support struggling readers so that students receive the interventions and support they need to develop strong reading skills, which is the critical foundation to success in school.
“We are making the most of the teachers’ strike by putting all $37 million of strike savings back into the schools, in addition to the original $30 million of Learning Improvement Funds. At least this way we’re able to give back to the students,” said Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad
The B.C. government is doubling the Learning Improvement Fund from $30 million to $60 million for the coming school year. The increase is due to province-wide operational savings of $37 million resulting from last month’s three-day teachers’ strike.
All of the strike savings will remain with school districts with $30 million being applied to Learning Improvement Fund, and the remaining $7 million to be used by school boards for educational priorities in their respective districts.
· For more information on the Learning Improvement Fund, please visit http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2012/04/strike-savings-boost-bcs-learning-improvement-fund.html
· For more information on the BC Education Plan Fund, please visit http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2012/03/students-help-chart-the-future-of-bc-education.html