Alberta school boards appreciate federal funding but some ‘disappointed’ by province’s response



The federal government announced Aug. 26, 2020 it would spend up to $2 billion to help provinces and territories prepare for safe school re-entry this fall.


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The federal government announced Aug. 26, 2020 it would spend up to $2 billion to help provinces and territories prepare for safe school re-entry this fall.

While many of Alberta’s school districts are expressing gratitude for $2 billion from Ottawa to help prepare for safe re-entry into schools as restrictions remain in place because of COVID-19, some say the support should be coming from the provincial government instead.

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“Classes for Edmonton Public Schools begin next week, and our board has been advocating to the province for additional funding to support the safest return to school possible,” EPSB chair Trisha Estabrooks said in a statement.

“Today’s federal announcement of $2 billion to support schools across the country is appreciated.

“However, I want to be very clear — education is a provincial responsibility, and we

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