Public School Funding Focus of Resolutions Package

    DARTMOUTH, NS, le 9 juin /CNW/ - Members of the Nova Scotia School Boards
Association (NSSBA) approved their annual resolutions package at the
association's 54th annual general meeting (AGM), June 6 at the Old Orchard
Inn, Wolfville, N.S.
    The 19 resolutions covered issues from collective bargaining to education
programs. By far, the majority of the resolutions that were passed had items
that were linked to funding.
    Boards acknowledged the short-term crisis of underfunding for the current
fiscal year. These concerns have been communicated to the Minister of
Education seeking additional funding for school boards, in particular to meet
the rising fuel/energy costs.
    However, boards voted unanimously to express their major concern, that
being the chronic underfunding of public education in Nova Scotia. This was
captured in resolution #18, which also noted that in per pupil funding, Nova
Scotia continues to rank as one of the lowest in the country. To serve the
diverse needs of our student population education must be viewed as an
investment for Nova Scotia's future.
    Ron Marks, the NSSBA's newly elected president, pledged that he and his
executive team will make funding a top priority and will be speaking with
politicians and partners over the next year to advocate for adequate funding.
"We expect no less. This is the single most important investment that
government can make for our province," said Marks.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards.

For further information:

For further information: Ron Marks, president, NSSBA, (902) 755-1483
(H), (902) 491-2854 (O), (902) 396-7519 (C); Sharon Findlay-MacPhee,
communications manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856 (O), (902) 221-6881 (C)

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