Public Interest Alberta joined 13 other organizations in calling on the Government of Alberta to:

1. Phase out public funding of private schools, exempting special education schools, over three years.

2. Re-allocate the funds to fulfill campaign promises:

  • reduce mandatory school fees
  • reduce class sizes
  • increase classroom supports
  • introduce a school lunch program

Read Edmonton Journal op-ed: "Use private school funds to boost public education"

Read our media release


Participating organizations:

  Public Interest Alberta
  Progress Alberta
  Alberta Teachers’ Association
  Public School Boards Association of Alberta
  Edmonton Public School Board
  Support Our Students (SOS) Alberta
  CUPE Alberta
  Calgary and District Labour Council
  Edmonton and District Labour Council
  CBE Staff Association, various staff for Calgary Board of Education schools
  CUPE Local 40, various staff for Calgary Board of Education schools
  CUPE Local 474, custodial staff for Edmonton Public Schools
  CUPE Local 3550, support staff for Edmonton Public Schools
  Unifor Local 52A, support staff for Edmonton Catholic Schools

Public Interest Alberta and partners in the news

Tax funded private schools Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge
Public Interest Alberta calls for private school funding to be phased out by Kevin Maimann, Metro Edmonton
Public funds should not subsidize private schools, advocates argue by Claire Theobald, Edmonton Sun
Alberta private schools need to pay their own way, education and labour groups say by Min Dhariwal, CBC News
NDP resists call to defund private schools by James Wood, Calgary Herald
Groups push for Alberta to phase out funding for private schools Canadian Press
Support our Students: Alberta's ten strategies for achieving equitable public education Ryan Jespersen show

Other resources

Members of Public School Boards' Association of Alberta oppose public funds supporting private school