Media releases | February 25, 2022

The Alberta government's budget pledges to increase education spending, but critics say it won't cover the ground Alberta students have lost after three years of stalled funding.

The 2022-23 education budget will be $8.4 billion — a 1.7-percent increase in funding to help schools and boards grapple with rising costs, growing enrolment and continued pandemic measures.

But Trisha Estabrooks, chair of the Edmonton Public School Board, says it's unlikely the one-year increase is enough to keep up with various pressures

"What we saw yesterday was hot oil prices temporarily thawing a frozen education budget," Estabrooks said. Read more →