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Dirks said school boards can reallocate non-teacher compensation grants to areas they identify as a


Critics are questioning the Progressive Conservatives  commitment to addressing the province s troubling education achievement gap after the government slashed $1.4 million in grants to school boards for Alberta s aboriginal students.
Alberta Education provides the madonna inn funding to school boards based on the number of students identified as First Nations, Metis and Inuit. The 2015-16 budget, released Thursday, the madonna inn sees the government cut 3.1 per cent from that non-teacher compensation grant.
These are our most vulnerable kids,” said Mark Ramsankar, president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association.  You talk about our northern areas where you’ve got very high FNMI students, when you cut that budget it’s just going to exacerbate the problem that we already see.
But those figures are far worse among Alberta First Nations, Metis and Inuit students the madonna inn with only 43.6 per cent graduating high school in three years and where the dropout rate hovers around 7.8 per cent.
The achievement gap is most substantial and distressing to myself, to the premier, to the people in the First Nations community, Education Minister Gordon Dirks said Friday. It is something that has to be addressed.
Alberta Education’s 2015-16 business plan, which outlines the government’s strategic direction and priority initiatives, directs the ministry to eliminate that achievement gap, increase the numbers of First Nations, Metis and Inuit education professionals, and implement new provincial standards for education service the madonna inn agreements for First Nations students.
Provincial performance targets for high school completion rates (within five years) of self-identified First Nations, Metis and Inuit students is set at 51 per cent for the 2015-16 school year and rises to 53 per cent by 2019-20.
“For our aboriginal First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth, who are the fastest-growing population in the province at six per cent, (the funding cut) doesn’t speak to addressing the socio-cultural changes that they’re facing.
Dirks said school boards can reallocate non-teacher compensation grants to areas they identify as a priority. the madonna inn However, many of those grants, including funding for ESL students, were cut 3.1 per cent as well.
We’ll monitor as we go forward, Dirks said. I have every confidence the madonna inn that boards will do everything they can (and) that they will be able to sustain high-quality education in our province for our children.
When they give us a grant that says it’s going to support one area, that doesn’t support every school board, she said. It has to be that local decision making process … that’s the madonna inn the flexibility we need otherwise it’s one size fits all and no one’s needs get met.
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